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Bill would ban tanning beds for minors

Here's a news item from the Associated Press: BOISE - Legislation introduced in the Idaho Legislature would prohibit the use of indoor tanning beds by anyone under 18. KBOI-TV reports the measure, HB 486, was introduced Tuesday in the House Health and Welfare Committee. The bill, which now awaits a hearing, would make it a misdemeanor for minors to use tanning beds, or for anyone to use a tanning bed on a minor, except by a doctor's prescription. Democratic Rep. John Rusche of Lewiston proposed the ban amid concerns over possible health hazards such as melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer. States including Washington, West Virginia and Utah are considering similar legislation this year, while Colorado lawmakers are weighing a proposal that would require parental notification for teens to use UV tanning beds. Opponents say the government shouldn't be deciding whether teenagers should use tanning beds.

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Betsy Z. Russell covers Idaho news from The Spokesman-Review's bureau in Boise.

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