Bill to Protect Rhode Island’s Young People from the Dangers of Skin Cancer Due to Indoor Tanning Passes Senate

June 21, 2018

PROVIDENCE –  The Rhode Island State Senate and House of Representatives have passed a bill this week to prohibit the use of indoor tanning devices by minors under the age of 18. 

The following statement can be attributed to Robert Dulski, director of government relations for ACS CAN in Rhode Island:

“Kids and tanning devices don’t mix. One of the most avoidable risk factors for skin cancer is exposure to ultraviolet radiation through the use of indoor tanning devices, and this bill brings Rhode Island one step closer to reducing suffering and death from skin cancer.”

“Prevention is a critical component in helping to lower cancer-related deaths, and keeping kids away from dangerous indoor tanning devices is a no-brainer. Sixteen states prohibit the use of indoor tanning devices by everyone under 18. We look forward to adding Rhode Island to this list.”

“We would like to especially thank Senator Maryellen Goodwin, Representative Mia Ackerman, and Senate and House leadership for their outstanding efforts in supporting this important legislation on behalf of the children of Rhode Island. We are hopeful that this bill will be signed into law as soon as possible by Governor Raimondo as an important step to protect our state’s young people.” 

ACS CAN, the nonprofit, nonpartisan advocacy affiliate of the American Cancer Society, supports evidence-based policy and legislative solutions designed to eliminate cancer as a major health problem. ACS CAN works to encourage elected officials and candidates to make cancer a top national priority. ACS CAN gives ordinary people extraordinary power to fight cancer with the training and tools they need to make their voices heard. For more information, visit


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