Lafayette

Mar 24, 2014 7:03 PM by Allison Bourne-Vanneck

Lawmakers debate legislation to ban minors from using tanning beds

Louisiana lawmakers are debating a bill that would ban minors from using tanning beds. The House has already approved the legislation, now it's in the hands of state senators.

Currently five states, including California, Illinois, Nevada, Texas and Vermont, ban anyone under the age of 18 from using tanning beds. At least 33 states and the District of Columbia regulate the use of tanning facilities by minors.

While this legislation is still pending with lawmakers, Planet Beach, which offers tanning services, is already banning minors from using their UV tanning beds.

"As minors, we want to be very cognizant of taking care of our children, both as parents and as business owners. So that's one of the reasons why we went ahead and took that extra step ahead of time," said Planet Beach Lafayette franchise owner Beverly Thoman.

Thoman is a cancer survivor, and a big supporter of the bill that's being called the "Skin Cancer Protection Ban."

"Children and young people don't always make the best decisions in life. All of us have been there at one point in time. So if we could help guide them along the way, that's exactly what we want to do," Thoman said.

Regardless of how the legislation unfolds, Planet Beach is pulling the plug on tanning beds for minors. Instead, they can get a spray tan.

"A spray tan is a great alternative. It's some that we, we stay busy with it," Thoman said.

If the bill is passed, Thoman said the legislation won't greatly affect business because the average age of their client is 30.

"Everyone likes a healthy glow, and if you can get it without the damage that you do to your skin, all the more better," Thoman said.

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