Rhode Island may soon become the 32nd state to restrict teens from using tanning beds and booths.
The Senate approved a new law that would ban anyone under the age of 18 from getting a faux glow from UV bulbs. The legislation is now on its way to the House of Representatives, and if approved, the law would go into effect on January 1, 2011.
The reason so many states are using such extreme measures to stop teens from tanning is because UV beds are now considered class I carcinogens, which means they're placed in the same cancer-causing category as cigarettes.
"Young people are the most at-risk population of people who use indoor tanning facilities because UV exposure at an early age has been linked to much higher incidences of skin cancer," explains Rhode Island Senator Rhoda E. Perry.
Is it fair to take away a teen's right to tan...even if doing so causes cancer?