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Proposed Arizona bill would ban tanning beds for minors

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Fifteen states currently prohibit minors from using tanning beds, including California and Nevada.

Arizona only requires parental permission.

State Rep. Heather Carter is hoping to change that with HB 2084.

“If we don’t allow kids under 18 to access cigarettes, why would we allow them to access a device that has the same cancer results as another product," said Rep. Carter.

Mayo Clinic doctors agree with the dangers.

“Melanoma is definitely related to tanning bed use," said Dr. Richard W. Joseph.

“You should never use a tanning bed. We like to say 'Pale is the new tan,'" said Dr. Anokhi Jambusaria.

The statistics are eye-opening.

“Melanoma is the most frequent cancer diagnosis," said Brian Hummell, Arizona Government Relations Director for American Cancer Society.

“Under 35 years old, if you step into a tanning bed, you are 59 percent more likely to be diagnosed with melanoma," said melanoma survivor Jennifer Barney. “When I was 28 years old, I was diagnosed with melanoma."

She tanned daily for 12 years in tanning beds and that all changed after the diagnosis.

“I can't tell you the last time I was in the sun without sunscreen. I’ve got my sunscreen on today and I certainly don’t step into a tanning bed now," said Barney.

She’s working to encourage the passing of this bill.

“It’s extremely important that HB 2084 be heard and be elevated because it something that can save lives," said Barney.

“Passing this bill would potentially save 149 lives and it could potentially advert more than 1,372 cases of melanoma and save $7.6 million in treatments costs," said Rep. Carter.

Time is running out on this bill for 2018.

“If the bill is not on the agenda this week for next week, the bill is dead," said Hummell.

“Hopefully we will be able to see this common-sense legislation be enacted for the state of Arizona," said Rep. Carter.

The American Suntanning Association offered this statement in relation to HB 2084:

"ASA believes a parent should be involved in the decision of who in their families can use a professional salon sunbed, especially since the science clearly demonstrates that sunburns outdoors and in non-salon sunbeds are the concern. Many families use sunbeds in professional salons before taking sunny vacations. Many doctors encourage this practice. That’s why parental consent singed in the salon in the presence of an operator needs to continue to be the standard in Arizona."

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