RI Senate Votes to Ban Youths from Tanning Booths

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) – Rhode Island would be the first state to prohibit people under 18 from using tanning salons under a proposal passed by the state Senate.

The Senate endorsed the bill Thursday. The House is already considering a similar proposal.

Many states require parental consent for minors to use tanning salons, and some have imposed a minimum age of 16. Rhode Island now requires minors to be accompanied by a parent when visiting a tanning salon.

Under the proposed age restrictions, those under 18 would need a doctor's prescription to use a tanning booth.

Supporters say the proposal aims to discourage teens from using tanning booths until they're old enough to weigh the risks of skin cancer.

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