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Illinois House Considers Banning Teens from Tanning Salons

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (IRN/KMOX) – Tanning salons would have to put up “Adults Only” signs under a measure that has passed the Illinois House.

Bill sponsor Rep. Robyn Gabel (D-Evanston) says the links between tanning and cancer are simply too strong to ignore.

She believes cities across the state ought to follow the lead of Chicago and Springfield, which prohibit youth under the age of 18 from climbing into a tanning bed.

Rep. Mike Bost (R-Murphysboro) objects to the measure, he says the state should not be poking its nose into tanning salons.

“This make the step further than just a business regulation. This is regulation on parents,” Bost said. “What we’re telling our parents, once again is, ‘you don’t know how to be parents, we as government know better.’”

Bost has a dog in the fight, he and his wife operate a beauty salon that included a tanning bed.

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