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W.Va. moves to bar minors from tanning beds

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The West Virginia House passed a bill that would prohibit anyone under age 18 from going to tanning salons without parental permission.

The bill passed Friday completely bans anyone under age 14 from going to a tanning salon. It requires consent forms warning all customers that using tanning beds can cause cancer and other health risks.

Penalties for salons that serve minors range from $100 for a first offense to as much as $1,000, for a third offense.

Tanning salons would be required to register with local boards of health and would be subject to annual safety and sanitation inspections.
The bill passed 91-7.

A version of the bill passed by the state Senate had stricter penalties, including possible jail time and an outright ban on anyone under age 18.

Last month, the bill passed 26-8 the State Senate, with five Republicans and three Democrats voting against it.