Teens Now Banned from Delaware Tanning Salons

Delaware became the third state to ban those under 18 from using tanning booths on January 1st. Spray tans are still legal.

Teenagers can no longer use tanning beds in Delaware, thanks to a new law that went into effect yesterday. The bill, an amendment to the state’s tanning code, was voted on this spring.

Previously, people had to be 14 and have parental permission to tan in Delaware (unless it was deemed medically necessary). Now all minors are prohibited from tanning.

Forty-one states and the District of Columbia restrict minors from tanning. California and Vermont also ban those under the age of 18 from using tanning booths; California was the first state to do so, in 2012.

Per the National Conference of State Legislatures, young white women are the group most likely to artificially tan using ultraviolet lights. Research shows that blistering sunburns and overexposure to sun increases the chance of getting skin cancer later in life.

Spray tans are still legal for minors in Delaware.

[CBS 3]