WA. Senate Bill would protect teens from harmful effects of tanning beds

CLARKSTON, WA - Washington teenagers might not be able to get tan year round anymore.

Yakima Republican Senator, Curtis King introduced a bill that would prohibit the use of tanning beds for everyone under the age of 18. King said he doesn't want anymore young women to fight cancer the rest of their life because they tanned as a teen.

Many medical professionals warn that tanning poses a serious health concern, and does heighten the risk for skin cancer.

"They're at least as dangerous as the regular sun because it's a most concentrated dose and people don't wear sunscreen with it," said Valley Medical Center General Surgeon, Brian Hoffmann. "And so they're getting exposed even more than they would in the sun."

Senate Bill 6065 would require everyone to show a driver's license or ID before tanning. Salons caught allowing people under 18 to tan could be fined up to $250 for every violation.