Iowa bill would prohibit teen tanning at salons

Minors who head into tanning salons to bronze their skin could no longer use the facilities under a plan being considered by Iowa lawmakers.

A bill would order tanning salons to ban anyone under age 18 from using commercial tanning devices and would require salons to post and hand out written warnings to customers. The American Cancer Society says the earlier a person is exposed to UV radiation from indoor tanning and other sources, the greater the risk of getting melanoma and other skin cancers later in life.

Democratic Sen. Herman Quirmbach, who sponsored the bill, says reducing the risk of skin cancer in any way is crucial.

But pro-tanning groups worry that the benefits associated with indoor tanning, such as vitamin D development, are being ignored.