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Published on May 15, 2012
In this video press release, Assemblyman Ralph R. Caputo (D-Essex) and Assembly Women and Children Committee Chair Pamela R. Lampitt (D-Camden) discuss their legislation to better protect teens from an increased risk of skin cancer by expanding New Jersey's current indoor tanning ban to any minor under the age of 18.
The bill (A-2142) would bar anyone under the age of 18 from using tanning beds in New Jersey, regardless of whether they have obtained parental permission. However, the bill would allow teens 14 years of age and older, with written permission, to use spray tanning, which does not expose them to UV radiation the way a tanning bed does.
Current law allows emancipated minors and minors between 14 and 18 years of age, who have written authorization from a parent or guardian, to use indoor tanning facilities.
Caputo noted the recent incident involving the Nutley woman from his legislative district who is accused of bringing her five-year-old daughter into a tanning booth further underscores the need for the legislation.