Christie Signs Ban on Tanning Bed Use by Minors

Some young tanners in the state say it's not the government's role to restrict their access to tanning salons, and warn a ban would affect young people and businesses across the state

Monday, Apr 1, 2013  |  Updated 8:35 PM EDT
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NJ Assembly Panel Approves Ban on Teen Tanning

New Jersey is looking at tightening restrictions on the use of tanning beds by young people under a bill that would bar anyone under 18 from doing so. Brian Thompson reports.

Tanning Mom Denies Charges

A New Jersey woman arrested after police said she brought her 5-year-old daughter into a tanning booth said Wednesday that she was innocent of the charges but admits to excessive tanning herself. Pat Battle reports.
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Gov. Chris Christie has signed legislation that bars anyone under 17 from using tanning beds in New Jersey and anyone under 14 from getting a spray tan.

But the measure signed Monday night does allow 17-year-olds to use a tanning salon, provided their parent or guardian accompanies them to their first visit and gives their consent.

The legislation was developed after a northern Jersey mom was charged with child endangerment in April 2012 for allegedly bringing her then-5-year-old daughter into a tanning booth. But a grand jury declined to indict the woman in February.

In a signing statement that accompanied the bill, Christie cited the "documented and well-understood" risks associated with the misuse of indoor tanning systems as a main reason for signing the legislation.

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