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Legislature Looks to Limit Teens Tanning

They can’t balance a budget, but they do want to assume the role of parents in Florida’s teenagers lives.  

[Eleanor] Sobel said making it tougher to use tanning beds — which emit UV rays much stronger than the real thing — will cut down on skin cancer.

“You would not sell cigarettes to a 16-year-old,” Sobel said. “Why would you allow a 16-year-old to use a tanning bed?”

The Senate Health Regulation Committee signed off on the proposal Wednesday, but other lawmakers say attempting to regulate tanning in Florida simply isn’t realistic.

“How do you regulate a kid from going in the sun?” asked Sen. Mike Bennett, a Bradenton Republican. “Are we going to keep them from going to the beach? How do you regulate people wanting to get a tan?”


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