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At the start of the new year, all California minors will be banned from using tanning beds, according to a new policy signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown on Sunday, the International Business Times reports.
In 2004, then-Gov. Arnod Schwarzenegger signed a bill prohibiting all minors under 14 from going to a tanning salon, but allowed those aged 14 to 17 to continue using them with parental consent. But new medical evidence compelled state lawmakers to revisit the policy, Governing reported in June, and pushed a ban for all minors with the support of insurance companies like Blue Cross.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, skin cancer is the most common cancer and its most deadly form, melanoma, has been linked with exposure to ultraviolet rays, which tanning beds emit.
"If everyone knew the true dangers of tanning beds, they'd be shocked," state Sen. Ted Lieu, who authored the law, said in a statement. "Skin cancer is a rising epidemic and the leading cause of cancer death for women between 25 and 29."