Tanning Beds

Jason & Megan Mills / Flickr Creative Commons

One of the bills that Kansas lawmakers passed over the final weekend of the session bans minors from using commercial tanning beds. As Heartland Health Monitor’s Jim McLean reports, the bill was a priority for the University of Kansas Cancer Center.

Dr. Roy Jensen is director of the KU Cancer Center. His blunt testimony for the tanning-ban bill helped overcome opposition from lawmakers reluctant to interfere with private businesses.

State lawmakers are considering whether to ban tanning parlors from letting minors use their tanning beds.

The House Health and Human Services Committee heard testimony Tuesday on the bill.

The measure includes a maximum $250 fine for businesses that allow customers younger than 18 to use tanning beds.

Proponents say exposure to harmful levels of ultraviolet radiation from tanning beds increases the chances of developing melanoma later in life.