Tanning beds would be off limits to anyone under 18 under a measure passed by the Illinois House this Thursday afternoon. Chris Slaby reports.
Tanning salons would have to check clients’ identifications before allowing them to use a tanning bed.
Representative Naomi Jakobsson, a Democrat from Urbana, says teens often tan, thinking it improves their image.
JAKOBSSON: “The advertising doesn’t tell them they’re very likely to be exposing their bodies to skin cancer in the future.”
Minors would still be allowed to get spray-on tans, which supporters say do not pose a health risk.
But opponents say it should be up to parents to have the final say on their childrens’ tanning habits.
Representative Dennis Reboletti is a Republican from Elmhurst.
REBOLETTI: “It looks like the nanny state is getting stronger here in the state of Illinois. We’ve tried to now ban trans fats, cell phones, shark fins. Where’s it all end?”
Some cities – including Chicago and Springfield – already ban minors from tanning beds.