Suntanning Association Supported West Virginia Tanning Law

MAY 4 — The American Suntanning Association (ASA) congratulates West Virginia lawmakers this week for enacting parental-consent legislation that ASA supported and that professional sunbed centers have used as a standard for years.

West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin signed the law May 1, which will take effect in July. It formalizes the protocol professional salons have already had in place: Requiring parents to sign consent for teenagers to use sunbeds in a salon. This standard recognizes that many medical professionals believe sunburn prevention — not total sun avoidance — is what needs to be emphasized in public policy on this topic.

ASA this spring encouraged the West Virginia House of Representatives to enact the standard as a practical alternative to legislation in the West Virginia Senate that would have banned all teenagers from using sunbeds in a salon. Total bans would lead families who wish to tan to unregulated home sunbeds and more-frequent outdoor tanning — both of which are more likely to lead to sunburn and overexposure.

“Nationwide, ASA is working with state legislatures to support informed parental consent as the standard for sunbed usage by teenage clients,” ASA President Bart Bonn said. “We have always supported constructive legislation on this topic.”

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Connecticut Salons Volunteer Tougher Protocol for Teenage Sunbed Usage

A Connecticut tanning industry group’s efforts to promote self-regulation of the teenage tanning issue in Connecticut gained press attention this week.

Tom Kelleher, owner of Tommy’s Tanning based in Connecticut, and Karen Bentlage of Future Industries met with members of the press in the capitol building in Hartford, Conn., this week. Kelleher and Bentlage have already spearheaded an effort to sign nearly 100 salons to the self-regulatory pledge.

Kelleher and the Connecticut group are working with an ASA lobbying group to promote the effort. Here are three stories that appeared today from their meetings: