Illinois Bill Would Ban Teens From Tanning Beds

SPRINGFIELD, IL (IRN) – A bill introduced in the Illinois Senate would ban sunless tanning beds for those 17 and younger.

Senate Minority Leader Christine Radogno (R-Lemont) is sponsoring the bill. She says the light emitted from tanning beds is a Class 1 carcinogen.

“It’s a Class 1 carcinogen and we obviously protect our children from Class 1 carcinogens as we do with cigarette smoking,” Radogno said.

Under current state law, minors are allowed to use a sunless tanning bed with parental permission. Some municipalities, like Springfield, have already implemented an outright ban for those under 18. The bill, S.B. 2244, would not ban minors from “spray tanning.”

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