PORT WASHINGTON - The medical community is making a new push to impose a ban on teens using tanning beds following the release of a policy statement by the American Academy of Pediatrics.
The statement says the UV radiation from the beds is so strong that people younger than 18 years old shouldn't be allowed to use indoor tanning. Right now, they can do so only with parental consent.
Collette Coyne, the founder of the Colette Coyne Melanoma Awareness Campaign, says studies prove that no one should be getting into a tanning bed, especially not a teen. Coyne started her organization in 1999 after her 29-year-old daughter died from skin cancer.
However, those in the indoor tanning industry insist that there's nothing wrong with tanning, as long as it's done in moderation.
Legislation is currently pending in both the state Assembly and Senate that would completely ban teens under 18 from using tanning beds.
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