Teen Tanning Ban

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TUNKHANNOCK -- Pennsylvania will now join 36 other states that have put regulations on teen tanning.

Starting in 60 days, teens 16 or younger will be banned from using tanning beds and 17 year olds will need their parent's consent. That's all based on a new bill signed by Governor Corbett.

Many salons said they won't even notice a difference when it comes to business.

"As soon as one is out of the bed, the next one is in. So we definitely keep very busy, and it doesn't hurt us in the least," said Kelly Mosluk, the owner of Majestic III Saloon in Tunkhannock.

The new regulations won't change a thing in many salons. Majestic III has been having parents sign waivers for years. The salon owner said it's best for the salon and parents to be on the same page when it comes to protecting our teens.

"It kind of covers both us and them. A kid that age wants the most sun in the smallest amount of time," said Mosluk.

The owner of the salon said about 50% of her tanning clients are teens.

She said it's important to keep tabs on the younger tanners, especially during prom season.

"Make sure they're not tanning twice in a day. There's a lot of this kind of stuff people don't realize the importance to it," said Mosluk.

Some teenagers don't like the new restrictions.

"I don't know. I think you should do what you want to do. If you want to get a tan, you should be able to get a tan," said Sierra Holmes, a student from Tunkhannock Area High School.

The new bill also requires each tanning salon to be registered with the state, including a fee depending on the number of tanning beds.

Salon owners will need to post signs stating that tanning can cause cancer.


  • ginger

    My sister was diagnosed at age 28 with melanoma. She used a tanning bed. She had mult. very painful surgeries and almost lost her life. Pick up some self tanner. I would rather a couple streaks instead of huge scars all over my body. Im proud to be pasty and proud of my sister for going through what she went through and tries to educate people about the dangers of tanning. I cant wait until they ban tanning all together.

  • jeanne

    is the great govenor going to place the same restrictions and fees on dermotoligists who use the same bulbs to treat ance, exechema and other skin problems? a lot of tanners are using it because it cheaper than the dr office treatment.

  • kendra

    How in the world is a tanning bed safer then the sun? Its not. . My father died from melanoma which he got from TANNING BEDS..

    • rich

      I agree with you. With the education our kids aren’t getting, drugs are running ramped violence is on the rise unemployment and welfare rates are still high. But our fine government is worried about a tanning bed get real

  • rich

    Just another right our fine government wants to take away or limit. One by one our rights are being limited. If a parent wants to let their child tan then they should be aloud to. I see 15,16, and 17 year olds with tattoos and various body parts pierced but that’s ok.

    • stephanie

      tattoos don’t cause cancer. plus you have to be 18 to get a tattoo. do you even know the statistics of young people and skin cancer these days??? apparently not.

    • jbrony

      Which right would that be? The right to an even and attractive tan? Oh -that’s the amendment to the Bill of Rights that George Hamilton sponsored – never mind.

  • bleh.

    “this wont hurt my business at all” — “50% of my customers are teens.” …. Umm… this bill is going to put a few people out of business.

  • Liz

    Well disabled taxpayer I happen to own a salon and just so you know people tan all through the summer because they don’t have time to lay in the sun. They are busy working! And Tim, are you a moron? Laying in a tanning bed is so much safer than laying in the sun or going to the beach because your In a controlled environment. Get a clue.

    • Pam

      as a salon owner, you should get your facts straight — laying is a bed is definitely not safer than being outside, nt that tanning outside is safe either. “In 2007, the International Agency for Research on Cancer analyzed 19 studies on indoor tanning and the risk for melanoma. It concluded that people who started indoor tanning before age 35 had a 75% greater risk of developing melanoma. ? .. from http://www.health.harvard.edu/newsletters/Harvard_Womens_Health_Watch/2009/September/is-a-tanning-bed-safer-than-sunlight

    • Vee

      This reply is to Liz; I am an adult who tanned for 5 times and I started getting rashes so I went to a doctor and all of a sudden I was told I have Lupus. These machines are no more safer than the real sun is to people’s skin and as a tanning operater you should know that but the bottom line of business is what keeps you open but there’s no need to LIE to people about the dangers of the tanning beds.

      It may be be proven but I still think (as many doctors also do) that tanning beds are linked to lupus

    • Pete C.

      Liz, you can be forgiven for catering to the needs of the narcissistic and stupid for personalprofit, but please don’t pretend that you are supplying a service to the community. You are not.

  • Amandah Davis Andrus

    I don’t know. I think you should do what you want to do. If you want to get a tan, you should be able to get a tan,”

    The bill isn’t saying that one cannot get a tan. Maybe this will help get some teens outside and away from screens.

  • Tim

    It’s about time. They should ban them all together. Those things cause cancer quicker than cigarettes. These braindead girls don’t understand that laying under artificial light for 20 minutes is about as unhealthy as drinking gasoline.

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