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Governor signs bill banning minors at tanning salons

By Star-Advertiser Staff

LAST UPDATED: 04:34 p.m. HST, Jul 02, 2014

Tanning salons are no longer for minors in Hawaii, according to a bill signed into law Wednesday by Gov. Neil Abercrombie.

The act, which began as House Bill 611, makes it illegal for a tanning salon to allow a person younger than 18 years old to use any tanning equipment.

Salon operators who violate the law can face a fine of up to $250 for the first offense and $500 for each subsequent offense, according to the new law.

It does not apply to anyone who owns tanning equipment for personal use.

Abercrombie said the law is necessary to protect the health and welfare of Hawaii's young people.

Melanoma, a type of skin cancer, is related to ultraviolet radiation, and the World Health Organization has declared tanning beds a carcinogen, said Shane Morita, surgical oncologist at the Queen's Medical Center, after Abercrombie signed the bill.

Rep. Gregg Takayama, who co-introduced the bill, said ultraviolet rays from tanning beds are three to five times worse than the UV rays from the sun.

"Many teenagers don't recognize the high risks involved in ultraviolet radiation," he said. "They think that spending an hour in a tanning salon is the same as spending an hour outside at the beach, but it's not."

According to the American Cancer Society, melanoma is one of the most common cancers in people younger than 30.

Takayama said Hawaii is the 11th state in the nation to ban tanning salons for minors.

The act went into effect upon the governor's signature.

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HD36 wrote:
We also need a sunscreen protection agency that roams the beaches and fines every minor not wearing at least SPF 55 sunscreen on more than 50% of their body, excluding the face and shoulders.
on July 2,2014 | 03:26PM
kaupani wrote:
Why anyone would want to use a tanning booth with all the incredible sunshine we have here? Don't get it . . .
on July 2,2014 | 03:31PM
Ezdeewilly wrote:
Thank you Gov. Abercrombie for protecting us. Please make more and more laws as we are just too weak and uneducated to protect ourselves from all those nasty small businesses.
on July 2,2014 | 05:26PM
Mana07 wrote:
While we are focusing on the important things like tanning salons, we should also introduce a bill banning imbeciles from the governorship.
on July 2,2014 | 05:26PM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
Hahahahahahahahahahaha !
on July 2,2014 | 08:29PM
nitpikker wrote:
abercrombie has strange priorities.
on July 2,2014 | 05:42PM
nitpikker wrote:
oh wait! election year. pass anything and everything
on July 2,2014 | 05:45PM
bluhawaii74 wrote:
Nanny state. Leave us alone.
on July 2,2014 | 06:23PM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
Troll really has his priorities straight. Not like there are any other things needing attention.
on July 2,2014 | 08:56PM
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