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Bill to ban teens from tanning in North Carolina moves forward

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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — State Rep. Donny Lambeth, a Winston-Salem Republican who is a former health-care industry executive, asked members of the House Health Committee on Wednesday to support a bill that would ban the use of tanning beds by minors under 18 to reduce the risk of cancer, according to the Winston-Salem Journal.

The bill won the committee’s approval in a matter of minutes. The Jim Fulghum Teen Skin Cancer Prevention Act, named after a state representative and physician who died last year of cancer, appears to have wide support in both chambers of the General Assembly as many lawmakers have signed on as co-sponsors in each chamber’s version of the bill.

Lambeth retired from Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center after working there for 40 years. In his last four years, he was president of N.C. Baptist Hospital and then of Lexington Medical Center and Davie Hospital. Speaking to the health committee, Lambeth said that skin cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer, and 44 states and the District of Columbia have some sort of ban on minors using tanning beds.

Under current law, children who are at least 13 must have a note from parents to use tanning beds. Last year, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued rules requiring manufacturers of sun lamps and tanning beds to sternly warn against their use by anyone under 18.

Read full story: The Winston-Salem Journal.