JOPLIN, MO.--- The national debate over teens and tanning beds is catching fire in the Four States. Missouri lawmakers are considering a bill that would require anyone under the age of 17 to have a parent's consent before tanning. The measure has already passed the House and is headed to the Senate. It's unclear when they'll discuss the legislation. More than 33 states already have this law in effect. The FDA is concerned about children and teens being exposed to UV rays, which could possibly cause cancer.
Representatives with Club Tan in Joplin say they don't think tanning causes cancer, but they do believe parents should know what their children are doing. "Not opposed to that. We actually already implement that in our salon. There are certain portions of the bill that I think could be something we wouldn't necessarily agree with, but overall it's something we support," said Randy Burleson, Club Tan Owner.
The FDA believes in limiting sun exposure and using sunscreen. Club Tan says they make sure tanners use tanning and eye wear to help prevent sun damage.
A Kansas bill is also being discussed for teenagers when it comes to indoor tanning. This bill would ban Kansas minors who are 18 years and younger from indoor tanning all together, regardless if their parent is present. Six states have already put this tanning ban into place. Those states include Illinois, Vermont, California, Oregon, Nevada and Texas.
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