Bill banning minors from tanning beds sailing through legislature

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Research shows melanoma rates for young women in Minnesota have increased about 5 percent every year for 15 years.
A bill that would prohibit minors from using tanning beds awaits floor votes in the House and Senate after sailing through committees in both chambers.

Current law requires parental consent for minors under 16 to use tanning beds, but the bill authored in the house by Rep. JoAnn Ward, D-Woodbury, would flat-out prohibit their use by anyone under 18.

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Ward says research showing tanning beds are especially harmful for young people motivated her to write the bill.

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Rep. JoAnn Ward

"Research shows the ultraviolet radiation exposure in terms of carcinogenic production is equal to cigarettes and asbestos," Ward says. "The greatest instances of melanoma are men over 60 and young women in their 20s."

Ward says her bill enjoys "good strong bipartisan support," especially after the tanning industry recently came out in favor of it.

That was a significant development, as just a couple of years ago the Indoor Tanning Association was trying to blame Minnesotans' relatively pale skin, not tanning beds, for the state's rising skin cancer rates.

As for the argument that the state should allow parents to decide whether to let their kids tan, Ward counters that in cases where products or services are clearly harmful, regulation is warranted.

"As a parent you don't take your child and let them spend their money from mowing the grass on cigarettes or alcohol," Ward says.

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Whitney Joan
Whitney Joan

If people wanna over tan and fry themselves into looking like a leather bag, that's their decision. Just as it's anyone's decision to smoke and eat shitty food even though we know the risks. I tanned way to much when I was a teen- which is why I don't do it anymore- smelling like plastic, sweat and old burnt skin is not appealing.

midwestexplorer81
midwestexplorer81 topcommenter

We should ban the sale of swimsuits and bikinis to under aged people and prohibit them from beaches and outdoor pools also.  Keep them young ladies safe from cancer under a robe and hijab at all times!!

ajlalk3
ajlalk3 topcommenter

I hope this doesn't go through. The easiest way to spot vain, superficial people is to see if they walk around in the middle of winter looking like George Hamilton.

Marc Petersen
Marc Petersen

No, I think it should be up to parents to police this. Tanning beds generate UV radiation, which, of course, can be dangerous in high doses. Let's use some common sense here. I used a tanning bed when I was a teen, and I'm still here!

pacifictanco2
pacifictanco2

Just another liberal idiot taking away people's freedom. Let parents make these decisions and not government. Are you gonna stop the same 17 year old from lying in the sun outside all day too while they burn?? Last time I checked the sun gives off the same UVA and UVB rays as a tanning bed. Seriously Rep Ward - find something better to do with your time like protecting us from MNSure websites that don't work and unnecessary mandates and taxes like Obama Care. Oh that's right Obama Care is funded by the tanning excise tax of 10% on UV beds - must I say HYPOCRITE!

pacifictanco2
pacifictanco2

Just another liberal idiot taking away people's freedom. Let parents make these choices and not government. Are you gonna stop the same 17 year old from lying in the sun outside all day too?? Last time I checked the sun gives off the same UVA and UVB rays as a tanning bed. Seriously Rep Ward - find something better to do with your time like protecting us from MNSure websites that don't work and unnecessary mandates and taxes like Obama Care!

jbaumeister
jbaumeister

Meanwhile LGBT kids whose parents want to send them to "ex-gay" or "conversion" therapy in mis-guided, harmful, and near-universally unsuccessful attempts to turn them straight get to suffer.  So-called "conversion therapy" results in increased incidence of depression and suicide, decreases in academic performance, low self-esteem, and aren't these also harms worthy of preventing in minors?  (or adults, for that matter?)

But Senator Tina Liebling (D - Rochester) thinks we shouldn't be protecting kids from this form of abuse, that it's up to professional licensing organizations to respond to this sort of thing.  Yet mainstream health organizations critical of conversion therapy include the American Medical Association, American Psychiatric Association, the American Psychological Association, the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, the American Counseling Association, the National Association of Social Workers, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the National Association of School Psychologists, and the American Academy of Physician Assistants.

What more does the Minnesota State Senate want?  What more does Senator Liebling want?  Legislate already.  Protect kids!  Do your jobs!  Ban this therapy for anyone under the age of 18 and anyone over 18 who is under the legal guardianship of another person.  If you are not capable of informed consent to have sex, you are not capable of informed consent to risk your mental health and life in an unsuccessful attempt to change your sexual orientation.

Sue Fransen Way
Sue Fransen Way

Causes cancer at the same rate as cigarettes. Yes, 18 sounds right. But why not ban them except for medical (skin care) reasons.

Andy Herzog
Andy Herzog

It affects people who don't tan because my tax dollars go to treating their totally preventable condition they contracted in the name of vanity when they were too young and stupid to know what they were doing. Go tan, get cancer, then pay entirely out of pocket for your treatment if you really want to be free of the yoke of oppressively affordable healthcare

Holly Wright
Holly Wright

Considering the sun only shines three to four months out of the year in MN tanning beds are a nice luxury to get a little warmth. In moderation it helps with eczema too. I do think that some people go too much but when I was in high school it was so nice to lay in warmth for a couple minutes every couple weeks.

Evan James DeMars
Evan James DeMars

How does other people choosing to go tanning affect you? Oh it doesn't?? You must hate liberty dude

Dave Eckblad
Dave Eckblad

I think tanning beds should be shot into the sun. People who use them are typically the least interesting people I've met.

Evan James DeMars
Evan James DeMars

ACA forces people to buy something they don't necessarily need and if they don't they get fined. That infringes on liberty and the constitution. Not even close to a good idea.

Bob Alberti
Bob Alberti

Yes, because you have presented no facts. Just because you call your preconceptions 'facts' does not make them facts.

Joseph Bartel
Joseph Bartel

Facts are propaganda. Okay. Are you really denying that this happens in countries with single payer systems?

Evan James DeMars
Evan James DeMars

Because people can choose for themselves?? Do people not get the concept of liberty?

Erin Schaub
Erin Schaub

Make tanning obsolete! Why would anyone tan? It's a slow form of ugly suicide.

Evan James DeMars
Evan James DeMars

Let's make the legal age to eat McDonalds 16 because it may cause heart disease. No your choice to eat shifty food did. Liberty people. Liberty

Evan James DeMars
Evan James DeMars

The legal age of consent to have sex is 16 pretty sure if they can consent to that they can decide if they want to tan for 5 minutes.

Betty Hindbjorgen
Betty Hindbjorgen

Bob Alberti I'm sorry you lost a friend. I lost a cousin to Melanoma.

Betty Hindbjorgen
Betty Hindbjorgen

Tanning beds are HORRIBLE for anyone! The so called "healthy bulbs" is a joke. And those who claim tanning beds help with depression, there are depression lamps you can purchase. They aren't harmful at all and have proven to help. There are so many wonderful self tanners nowadays...no need to risk getting cancer & get wrinkles just for a tan.

Bob Alberti
Bob Alberti

My friend did not use a tanning bed, he simply idiotically died of skin cancer. Thanks for your expression of sympathy, it means a lot.

Kirk Burback
Kirk Burback

Bend over, because here comes MORE liberal control.

Tahsha LePage
Tahsha LePage

Why restrict minors from doing anything? smoking? Tattoos? Body piercings? Sex? I am not sure which side I stand on, just considering other things minors are restricted from and why that might be..

Kirk Burback
Kirk Burback

Bob, was you friend "idiotic" because they were a frequent tanning bed user, or did they also go outside and tan?

Evan James DeMars
Evan James DeMars

Yeah sure it would disappointing if they do but that's the beauty of liberty. I do what I want and it affects you in no way what so ever. Morals are also a personal choice would I support an abortion of course not and am I going to tell someone what they can and can't do no.

Kirk Burback
Kirk Burback

Up next, democrats ban the use of the sun by minors. It's going to be a cold and dark day in Minnesota.

Shayne O'Neil
Shayne O'Neil

So a 17 year old can make a choice to abort her baby, but is not competent to make a choice to use a tanning bed. Only in Minnesota ....

Wesley Anderson
Wesley Anderson

Tanning can lead to skin cancer, cigarettes can lead to lung cancer, alcohol can lead to cirrhosis of the liver.

Bob Alberti
Bob Alberti

Where to begin, where to begin? Pointing out the completely false comparison? Pointing out that there is training required for a driver's license while no courses are offered about managing skin cancer before using a tanning bed? Or should I attempt to point out the difference between driving a car - which has vast utility and permits teens to work, attend school, or run errands - and using a tanning bed, which merely makes teens look brown? Maybe I won't bother at all.

Kirk Burback
Kirk Burback

Statism, what every democrat with law making ability strives for. The "we know best" approach to how YOU shall live your life.

Bob Alberti
Bob Alberti

Actually this dumbass liberal is perfectly fine with a parental waiver, although I would be disappointed in parents who make such poor decisions. As far as "their body, their choice," when can we expect to see you escorting women safely through the abortion protesters at Planned Parenthood?

Evan James DeMars
Evan James DeMars

How can you guys justify saying yes to this??? You're saying the government knows what's better for us than ourselves.

Bob Alberti
Bob Alberti

By the way, what's a longer wait time than "I died because I couldn't afford to go to the doctor?"

Bob Alberti
Bob Alberti

I reconcile this with "You're simply repeating propaganda which the enormously profitable health insurance industry was careful to place in your field of vision."

Joseph Bartel
Joseph Bartel

How do you reconcile this with the fact that countries with single-payer systems have much longer wait times and often deny treatment to those with terminal illnesses?

Reier Erickson
Reier Erickson

I steer away from people who tan... Its a dead giveaway to douchebaggery.

MNjoe
MNjoe topcommenter

@pacifictanco2  You need to tighten up that tin foil in the lining of your hat to keep the government spy beams from getting into your head too.   Benghaziiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

midwestexplorer81
midwestexplorer81 topcommenter

Your argument could be applied to any behavior that could someday lead to a health problem including sports, consuming sugar, typing too much, staring at a screen too much. That is why your argument has no merit unless you want government to tell us what to do, and how much for how long. You should let us write a life behavior guide for you Andy.

MNjoe
MNjoe topcommenter

Try a hot bath.

MNjoe
MNjoe topcommenter

Doesn't necessarily need? So the tax payers should foot the bill when you can't pay for your cancer treatments? Or let's go with the Republican plan - "Hurry up and die." I'd bet you've never read the Constitution let alone understand the contents.

jbaumeister
jbaumeister

This is like arguing that liberty means kids should be able to drink alcohol or smoke. 

No.  There's an irrefutable link to harm, and minors (I would know, I was one not long ago) aren't as equipped to make informed decisions on harms, their bodies don't respond to damage the same way an adult does (often they are less resilient to harms like this) and we KNOW that tanning can cause harm.

So explain to us why tanning = liberty and bans on tanning are illegitimate, but banning smoking, liquor, and protecting kids from rape by establishing an age of consent are legitimate?

allyourbasearebelong
allyourbasearebelong

The government body creates their legislation based on bills that are presented to it by the __________. Damn, can't think of the word... can you help me out?

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