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NY prohibits indoor tanning by those under 17

Associated Press Published: July 16, 2012
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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Teens under age 17 in New York will be banned from indoor tanning under a new law intended to protect children from ultraviolet radiation and a higher risk of skin cancer.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed the measure Monday. It takes effect in 30 days.

New York currently bars indoor tanning for children under 14, but allows 14- to 17-year-olds indoor tanning with parental permission.

The law says operators of tanning beds and booths are required to get signed permission on behalf of customers who are 17.

Assemblyman Harvey Weisenberg, a bill sponsor, says indoor tanning at an early age is one of those things people live to regret.

In 2009, tanning devices were classified as carcinogenic by the World Health Organization.