"Tan Mom" Prompts New Tanning Ban

In the wake of the "Tanning Mom" fiasco, NJ looks to ban anyone under 18 from using tanning beds.

Thursday, May 24, 2012  |  Updated 9:20 AM EDT
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"Tan Mom" Prompts New Tanning Ban

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Legislation that would bar anyone under 18 from using tanning beds in New Jersey will go before the Assembly on Thursday.

The measure would expand a 2006 state law that bans tanning bed use by anyone under 14, and requires written parental consent for those ages 14 to 17. The bill would allow for spray or sunless tanning for children aged 14 to 17 with parental consent.

The Assembly's Women and Children Committee passed the measure last week in a 5-0 vote, though two members abstained. The Senate has not yet voted on the proposal.

The issue has seen renewed interest after Nutley mom Patricia Krentcil allegedly brought her then 5-year-old daughter into a tanning booth with her causing her to burn.

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