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Gov. Baker signs bill barring teens from tanning salons

February 5, 2016

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts law now bans anyone under 18 from using tanning beds.

Gov. Charlie Baker signed the bill on Friday, saying it will help reduce the risk of skin cancer among minors.

Supporters, including dermatologists, say there’s a sharp rise in the number of young people diagnosed with melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer.

Doctors believe the rise is linked to the increased use of sunbeds, which became popular in the 1970s.

Salon owners say tanning beds are safe if used responsibly.

Massachusetts law previously allowed teenagers between the ages of 14 and 17 to visit tanning salons with consent from a parent or legal guardian. Children under 14 had been able to use a tanning bed if accompanied by a parent or guardian.

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