Tan free teen bill passes a House Committee

By KBJR News 1

March 5, 2014 Updated Mar 5, 2014 at 10:02 PM CST

St. Paul, MN (NNCNOW.com) - A bill that would ban teens under the age of 18 from using tanning beds has passed a Minnesota House Committee.

On Wednesday, a group of a hundred people from across the state promoted "Tan Free Teens" at the Capitol.

The group including volunteers from the American Cancer Society attended the Health and Human Services Policy committee hearing to have their voices heard.

They say there has been a huge increase in melanoma, the worst type of skin cancer, in young women.

"Too many teens, children are using tanning beds in preparation for proms, vacation and every time they use that, they up their risk of of getting melanoma or a cancer of some type," said Patti Maguire of Duluth, a volunteer with the American Heart Association's Cancer Action Network.

The bill, which also extends the penalties for non-compliant tanning shops, was approved in the House health committee Wednesday.

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