According to the federal Center for Disease Control (CDC), people who begin tanning younger than age 35 have a 75 percent higher risk of melanoma. Prior to adoption of SB 464, West Virginia had no regulation of the tanning bed industry. Delegate Fleischauer was the lead sponsor of the House companion bill, HB 2738 in 2013. Passage of SB 464 means local public health departments can conduct inspections, tanning bed facilities will be required to check for proof of age and customers must sign consent forms warning them of the risks of using tanning beds. The final version of the bill banned indoor tanning by children under age 14. Because of the high risk of cancer to children, Delegate Fleischauer intends to continue to work on this issue until children under 18 are prohibited from using tanning beds.
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