Published on April 2, 2013
On April 1, 2013, Governor Chris Christie signed a bill into law banning children under the age of 17 from using commercial indoor ultraviolet (UV) tanning bed in New Jersey. Although New Jersey had already prohibited anyone under the age of 14 from tanning because of the risk of skin cancer, the new law increases the ban to all minors under the age of 17. Additionally, the new law bans children under the age of 14 from getting spray tans in tanning salons and requires minors who are age 17 and older to have a parent or guardian present for an initial consultation with a tanning salon.
According to the National Conference of State Legislatures,* some 33 states limit minors’ access to tanning beds; many have statutes similar to New Jersey.
States with laws restricting teens’ access to tanning beds include: Arizona, Arkansas, California, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming
*As of April, 2013