POLL: Stop Kids From Tanning Indoors?
State considers banning those under age 18 from 'fake' tanning.
California and Vermont are the nation's only states to outlaw indoor tanning for children.
Should New Jersey be next?
The Associated Press reports as the groups and lawmakers push to publicize the dangers of indoor tanning, the Garden State is taking the issue seriously.
Last week, a measure passed the Assembly banning indoor tanning for those younger than age 18, expanding a law that required parental consent for those between 14 and 17 and outright banning children younger than 14.
The report says supporters of an outright ban for children rally around a pair of talking points—that indoor tanning might increase the risk of melanoma and that about 33 percent of 17-year-olds tan indoors.
Detractors, however, say the government shouldn't control whether kids can use indoor tanning beds and that restricting their use could harm business throughout New Jersey.
In May, Nutley mother Patricia Krentcil sparked national debate when she was charged with child endangerment after taking her 5-year-old daughter to a tanning salon. And New Jersey has a reputation for "fake" tanning, thanks largely to MTV's "Jersey Shore."
But what do you think?
Should the state ban children from using indoor tanning beds?
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