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State Senate panel considers indoor tanning ban

ANNAPOLIS — State Sen. Jamie Raskin says teenagers should be denied access to electric tanning beds.

Raskin will present his bill to ban minors from indoor tanning beds to the Senate Finance Committee on Thursday afternoon.

He points to his own battle with colon cancer and says that teenagers do not have the wherewithal to truly consider the risks associated with ultraviolet light emitted by the devices.

Raskin said the legislation would prohibit anyone under 18 from using an electric tanning bed. It would eliminate a provision in Maryland law that allows minors to tan if they have parental permission.

He expects opposition from tanning salon owners who, he says, fear such a ban could hurt business.

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