North Carolina lawmakers push to ban tanning beds for people under 18

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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- In several states, it's illegal for people under 18 to use tanning beds. If some lawmakers have their way, North Carolina will be next on the list.

House Bill 158 passed 103 to 12 and will now move on to the Senate.

If passed, it would be illegal for people under 18 in North Carolina to use a tanning bed. Right now, it is illegal for people under 14 to use a tanning bed, and between the ages of 14 and 18, the teen must have parental consent.

Frankie Roberts, the owner of the "Got Sun?" tanning chain in the Triad, said that the population of people under 18 who visit her store is very small.

"We don't have that many underage tanners," she said. "So whether it passes or not is not going to affect me."

Roberts noted that she, though, began tanning before the age of 18 and would allow her daughters to do the same, if possible.

Some expressed opposition to the bill, saying that use of a tanning bed should be up to the individual or parent and not the government.

"I don't think a 13-year-old should tan," said Winston-Salem mother, Candi. "But if they're 16 and older, yes, I believe they should be able to tan."

Others support the bill, saying that a regulation on minors tanning is no different than laws against underage drinking or smoking.

"Sometimes laws are made to protect people, even if they don't want them," said WInston-Salem mother Aimee Largen.

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