Ala. Governor Supports Teen Tanning Restrictions

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) -- Alabama's physician governor plans to sign legislation that places restrictions on teenagers using tanning salons.

The Alabama Legislature gave final approval to a bill Thursday that sets limits on the use by teens. The bill's sponsor, Republican Rep. Ron Johnson of Sylacauga, says it's the result of dermatologists seeing a growing number of teenagers with melanoma from excessive use of tanning beds.

A spokeswoman for Gov. Robert Bentley says he knows the danger of tanning beds from his many years of being a dermatologist, and he plans to sign the bill.

Johnson's bill prohibits anyone 14 and younger from using a tanning salon without a doctor's prescription.

Fifteen-year-olds could use them if a parent is present. Teens 16 and 17 could use them with written parental approval.

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