Indoor Tanning for Minors
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What are the risks of tanning for young people?
Because of the increase in skin cancer and other skin problems related to exposures to ultra-violet light, health experts strongly recommend that children under the age of 18 should not use indoor tanning devices. Families with a history of skin cancer or with very light skin with freckling may be at particular risk for cancer and should avoid any ultra-violet light exposure, natural or articificial. The risks from indoor tanning with UV light include:
- Skin Cancer, including malignant melanoma
- Phototoxicity and Photoallergy
- Early aging of the skin
- Eye damage
What is the law on tanning in Maryland?
Chapter 691 has two requirements:
- The owner, employee, or operator of a tanning facility may not allow a minor less than 18 years to use a tanning device unless the parent or legal guardian provides written consent on the premises in the presence of the owner/employer/operator.
- The tanning facility shall require appropriate documentation to verify the age of an individual before allowing access to a tanning device.
To whom does the law apply?
ANY BUSINESS WHERE A TANNING DEVICE IS USED FOR A FEE, MEMBERSHIP DUES, OR OTHER COMPENSATION MUST USE THIS CONSENT FORM AND FOLLOW THE LAW.
For more information, contact your local health department or contact us toll-free at 1866-703-3266.