Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

WV State News

April 12, 2013

W.Va. moves to bar minors from tanning beds

CHARLESTON — The West Virginia House passed a bill that would prohibit anyone under age 18 from going to tanning salons without parental permission.

The bill passed Friday completely bans anyone under age 14 from going to a tanning salon. It requires consent forms warning all customers that using tanning beds can cause cancer and other health risks.

Penalties for salons that serve minors range from $100 for a first offense to as much as $1,000, for a third offense.

Tanning salons would be required to register with local boards of health and would be subject to annual safety and sanitation inspections.

The bill passed 91-7.

A version of the bill passed by the state Senate had stricter penalties, including possible jail time and an outright ban on anyone under age 18.

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