Minors banned from tanning in Illinois starting next year

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by Stephanie Baumer and Brendan Marks / KMOV.com Staff

KMOV.com

Posted on December 23, 2013 at 6:58 AM

Updated Monday, Dec 23 at 7:34 AM

(KMOV.com) – Tanning beds will be banned for anyone under 18-years-old in Illinois starting Jan. 1.

Under the current law, minors are allowed to receive permission from a parent or guardian to be able to tan. But starting next year, those under 18 will not be allowed to tan unless they receive a note from their doctor.

Gov. Quinn made the decision to sign the law into effect in August, citing health concerns for minors using the beds.  

Tanning industry advocates say a ban is bad for small businesses. They say parents, not the government, should decide if children can use tanning equipment.

The American Academy of Dermatology says about 8 percent of those who tan indoors in the U.S. every year are teens.

Chicago and Springfield already ban teen tanning.

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