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 . 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?

Take our poll and tell us in the comments.

Alice Jameson May 30, 2012 at 01:32 PM
Hookerman: Most vertebrate parents are quite capable of raising their young without government “help” or interference. The proposed ban is nothing more than a further proliferation of the busy work government uses to justify its bloated existence.
Kevin May 30, 2012 at 03:36 PM
What would be really nice would be if tanning salons made a rule, all on their own, that they don't let minors use the equipment without parental permission and supervision.
Chuck Ruff May 30, 2012 at 03:52 PM
"Most" being the operative word. Most people don't realize that tanning can become an addiction as bad as booze and drugs, and the health consequences of the abuse can be even worse. Look at Ms. Krentcil, who has become so addicted to tanning that she has fried her own skin to tanned leather. Can a parent like that really be expected to know what is right for her kid??? There is a reason that we are one of only three states who has not banned tanning beds for children.
Chris Jansen May 30, 2012 at 03:56 PM
The last I checked sunshine was free. Now we pay for TV and bottled water. Keep sunshine free.
Alice Jameson May 30, 2012 at 10:17 PM
Hookerman: First, you might want to read the first sentence of the article again: “California and Vermont are the nation's only states to outlaw indoor tanning for children.” Moreover, under current NJ law, children under the age of 14 already ARE banned from tanning salons. Second, anything can be addictive. There are people who exercise to freakish extremes, sometimes crippling themselves or succumbing to suicide in the process. Shall a ban on children’s gym classes be the next order of business? Third, and most importantly, there are laws on the books allowing the state to remove children from the homes of unfit parents. Ms. Krentcil’s actions have placed her in a position where her fitness as a parent has been drawn into question. The answer will ultimately be determined by the appropriate authorities.


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