New bill would ban minors from using tanning beds

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EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) -- A new proposal at the state capitol would prohibit minors from using tanning beds.

Right now, Wisconsin state law bans anyone 16 or younger from using tanning beds, but Senator Fred Risser (D-Madison) is proposing the ban be changed to anyone younger than 18.

“We can’t compromise the health of minors because one industry might lose money,” Risser said.

Bob Wieland bought Soleil Tanning Salon in Eau Claire this past spring. He has been working in the tanning industry for about 15 years.

“I don't think salons in the past did a good job of monitoring folks coming through. What you saw back in that day was letting people tan every day for 20 minutes," Wieland said.

Wieland added he wouldn’t have any problem if the law were to change.

“It’s more or less trying to do the right thing and this is one of them,” said Wieland.

According to Mayo Clinic Health System, exposure to U-V radiation damages your skin and increases the risk of skin cancer.

Parents that spoke to WEAU 13 News on Tuesday said age limit or no age limit, kids shouldn’t be tanning.

“The motto in our family is pale is the new tan,” said Melissa Scarseth.

“I just don’t think it’s necessary for anyone under the age of 18 to go and do. I mean you can get plenty of sunlight going out and walking around,” Rick Evans said.

Senator Risser said he is still looking for co-sponsors on the bill.

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