UT: Help Prohibit Youth From Using Indoor Tanning Devices


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Dear [Decision Maker],

As your constituent, I am extremely disappointed in your no vote on HB 34 Tanning for Minors. As you heard on the floor during the bill debate, Utah has the highest rate of melanoma in the country. The greatest avoidable known risk factor for skin cancer is the use of indoor tanning devices; tanning before the age of 35 increases the risk of melanoma by 59%, which I hope we can agree is a staggering statistic. Current Utah law allows those under age 18 to use indoor tanning devices with parental consent. A parent is supposed to be present to provide this consent on every visit to a tanning facility.

Many studies have shown that laws that allow parents to give written permission to their children to use indoor tanning devices or accompany them to tanning salons are not associated with reduced use of indoor tanning among youth. Multiple studies have shown that youth are able to purchase a tanning session without parental permission, even if it is required by law.

When HB 34 comes up for vote again, I hope that you will put the health of Utah's youth first and vote yes on this important bill.

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