Underage tanning-bed ban clears hurdle in Colorado

By: Associated Press
February 6, 2014 Updated: February 6, 2014 at 6:01 pm
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In this Jan. 17, 2014 photo, melanoma survivor Jodi Duke, center, sits with her daughters Zoe, left, 3, and Violet, 8, at home in Aurora, Colo. A Colorado House bill up for its first hearing in February 2014 would ban people younger than 18 from using tanning beds in Colorado without a doctor's prescription. The measure goes further than previous attempts, which sought to require parental permission. Duke says emerging evidence on the dangers of youth tanning bed use has helped change lawmakers' minds from previous years. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)

DENVER — A full ban on youths in tanning beds has won initial approval in the Colorado Legislature.

The bill would bar anyone under 18 from using an artificial tanning bed. It passed on a party-line 6-5 vote, with all Democrats in favor.

The ban was strengthened to bar youth tanning even with a doctor's recommendation. Medical groups testified that dermatologists that prescribe phototherapy don't send patients to commercial tanning salons.

The measure goes further than previous attempts, which sought to require parental permission for youths to use tanning beds.

Health advocates have opposed efforts over the last two years to limit tanning, saying they couldn't support anything short of an outright ban.

The ban now awaits a vote in a second House committee.

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