SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (IRN) – A measure to ban minors from tanning salons has failed in an Illinois House Committee.

The measure, sponsored by State Rep. Robyn Gabel (D-Evanston), failed on a 4-6 vote. The bill would have prevented those under 18 from using a tanning salon, even with parental consent – which is currently required by law.

State Rep. Greg Harris (D-Chicago) chairs the Human Services Committee, which failed to pass House Bill 1666. He, however, voted in favor of it.

“There’s precedent for the government making a decision that minors should not be able to access things which are known to cause cancer,” says Harris.

He says the state already bans cigarette and alcohol sales to minors. Though many people don’t consider tanning as dangerous as heavy smoking or drinking, Harris says scientific evidence shows artificial UV rays are a “level one carcinogen,” which is on the same level as cigarettes.

Many of those who voted against the bill in committee feel it should be a parent’s decision on whether his or her child should be allowed to go tanning.

The proposal still has a chance in the Senate, where State. Sen. Jeffrey Schoenburg (D-Evanston) has introduced mirror legislation. Senate Bill 1329 has yet to go in front of a committee.

Copyright Illinois Radio Network

Comments (3)
  1. TheTanningGuru.com says:

    has anyone of the persons in this article that refers to artificial UV rays to be a “level one carcinogen,” actually read the report behind this classification?

    If they have, they wouldn’t be so quick to compare tanning with heavy smoking or drinking.

    There are no evidence whatsoever that moderate and regular tanning is anything else than healthy.

    The sun-scare campaign against tanning, outdoors as well as indoors, is created only in order to sell more sun-protection lotions.

    For more information about the sun-scare, visit: http://tannersrights.com

  2. TanandHealthy says:

    Not only is moderate sun exposure outdoors or indoors healthy, but has anyone of the persons in the article read the “level one carcinogen” list?

    I have.

    Also on the list is birth control, wood dust, salty fish, red wine.

    I guess not as much profit in scaring people not to eat fish, or drink red wine.

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