Ban Minors From Tanning? Not in TN, says Joe Carr

California lawmakers recently voted to ban minors from indoor tanning, but Rep. Joe Carr tells the Murfreesboro Daily News Journal not to expect such legislation to get beyond the talking stage in Tennessee.

“I wouldn’t put it past anybody to bring up anything for discussion,” Carr said. “What would surprise me is if an actual bill got drafted. I can’t see it right now.”
California’s ban on teen tanning came after a recent study, published in the Journal of Investigative Dermatology, concluded that UVA1 rays (the kind emitted by tanning beds) penetrate to deep down layers of skin that are most vulnerable to skin changes linked to cancer.
The study has also caused the FDA to further consider a federal ban on tanning for those under 18. At the same time, teen tanning has surged all across the U.S., partially thanks to shows like MTV’s Jersey Shore, where the term “GTL,” which stands for “Gym. Tan. Laundry.,” was coined.
The study has been touted by dermatologists across the U.S. as definitive proof that tanning is one of the single worst things a person can do for his or her skin in terms of skin cancer and premature aging.
Murfreesboro dermatologist Charles Goodman, a 30-plus year veteran in the field who just recently finished serving a three-year tenure on the Tennessee Board of Medical Examiners, said he would endorse similar legislation here in Tennessee if it were ever proposed
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