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.
"Exposure to UV radiation can be extremely harmful, particularly for younger people, and this new law will help protect teenagers from the heightened risk of skin cancer that can come from using indoor tanning devices," Cuomo said. "This legislation recognizes that many tanning salons are small businesses facing economic challenges, however, protecting our children must always be our first priority. I thank Senator Fuschillo and Assembly Member Weisenberg for their hard work on this legislation."
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 1 of those things people live to regret.
In 2009, tanning devices were classified as carcinogenic by the World Health Organization