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Mar 3, 2015 3:37 PM

Can you be too young to tan? NH House to vote


CONCORD - Several states have indoor tanning bans for minors, and New Hampshire could be next.

Tomorrow the N.H. House votes whether the state should ban people under 18 from using tanning beds.

Currently, no one under 14 can use a tanning beds unless a doctor says it is medically necessary. Anyone under 18 needs parental permission.

"We have the parent give consent and they have to come in and sign off again on the minor's eleventh visit. That way the parents know where and how often their kids are tanning," said Dana Pierce, owner of Turbo Tanning.

The American Cancer Society says research shows tanning before the age of 35 more than doubles the risk of being diagnosed with melanoma. But tanning salon owners say they already take measures to practice safe tanning.

"We skin ID our customers and we tan according to your natural color. If you have a fair completion and lots of freckles, sometimes we won't tan you at all," said Pierce.

Customers are upset.

"I don't think the State has the right to tell me what I can do. It's between me and my parents, and it's my body," said Paige Laflam, a Turbo Tan customer.


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