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In October, 2011, California became the first state to ban tanning beds for teens under 18.

Current Tanning Bed Bills Under Consideration in New England


The Senate approved and sent to the House a bill (S.2211) that would prohibit anyone under age 16 from using a tanning bed without a written order from a physician. Teens age 16 and 17 would be permitted to tan with parental permission.  The bill is currently sitting in the House Committee on Steering, Policy and Scheduling.  We need to get as many calls as possible to state representatives asking Chairman Louis Kafka to release the bill. Here is a list of MAHouseCommitteeOnSteering


Current State Bills

Connecticut: CT Public Act No. 06-195

Age restriction under 16.  Written permission from parent/guardian required for a person under 16 to use tanning facilities.

Maine 10-144 Dept. of Human Services ch. 223 12A (3)(f)
Age restriction under 14;  under 18 Parent/guardian must accompany children between 14-15.  Parent Must Accompany Minor; Prohibits minors under 14. Requires in person parent/guardian consent for minors under 18 which is effective for 1 year.

Parent Must Sign Written Permission: People under the age of 18 must present a written consent form signed by a parent/guardian; parents/guardians must have been supplied with standard warning materials.

Massachusetts: H02372 Prohibits minors under the age of 14 from using a tanning facility. Minors 14-17 must have parent/guardian sign a consent form at the tanning facility in the presence of operator.

New Hampshire
NH Rev. Stat. Ann.
Parent/guardian must accompany children under the age of 14. Parent must accompany minors between 14 and 18 for their initial use.

A licensed physician must authorize use of the device for minors under 14. A parent/guardian must sign written consent to use the facility and verify the age of the minor for those 14 to 18 years old.  A parent/guardian must sign the consent form in the presence of the operator. Written permission is only good for 12 visits. The minor must present age verification when using the device.

Rhode Island
Department of Health Rules and Regulations for the Registration of Tanning Facilities Part III; Sec. 9.5

Minors under the age of 18 may not use the device unless a parent/guardian has signed a consent form stating that they have read and understand the risks. The consent shall be provided in the presence of a facility staff member. Infants and other minors are not allowed in the room with adults who are tanning.

H 157 
Prohibits the use of tanning facilities to anyone under the age of 18.  Bill passed and signed by the Governor.

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