House Votes ‘Yes’ to Protect Kids from Indoor Tanning, Sends Bill to Governor

April 25, 2017

OKLAHOMA CITY — The Oklahoma House today approved Senate Bill 765, which prohibits the use of indoor tanning devices by minors under the age of 18. The American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network supports the measure and has worked with lawmakers to advocate for the bill’s passage.

“The American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network is glad the Oklahoma House has joined the Senate in protecting Oklahoma youth from the deadly effects of skin cancer by voting in support of this indoor tanning bill,” said James Gray, vice president of government relations for the High Plains Division of ACS CAN. The Senate passed SB 765 on March 22.

Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the United States, with more than 5 million cases being diagnosed annually. Avoiding exposure to ultraviolet radiation is the most effective way to prevent skin cancer. This is especially true for kids.

“An estimated 790 people will be diagnosed with melanoma in Oklahoma this year alone. Melanoma is the deadliest form of skin cancer,” Gray said. “By supporting this bill to protect our kids from the UV radiation emitted by these devices, Oklahoma lawmakers are working to prevent future skin cancer diagnoses and save lives.”

Young people under the age of 18 are at a particularly high risk for the damages associated with UV radiation and exposure. In fact, indoor tanning use before the age of 35 increases melanoma risk by 59 percent.

The bill now moves to Gov. Mary Fallin’s desk for consideration.



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