Minors may be banned from Louisiana tanning beds - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

Minors may be banned from Louisiana tanning beds

Posted: Updated:
(Source: MGN Online) (Source: MGN Online)
  • More Local NewsLocalMore>>

  • Candlelight Vigil for boy who died in house fire

    Candlelight Vigil for boy who died in house fire

    Friday, August 22 2014 12:02 AM EDT2014-08-22 04:02:51 GMT
    A Candlelight Vigil brought together almost 100 people for 7-year-old Kahlil Dangerfield who died from a house fire.More >>
    A Candlelight Vigil brought together almost 100 people for 7-year-old Kahlil Dangerfield who died from a house fire.More >>
  • Palermo in court fighting criminal charges & seizures

    Palermo in court fighting criminal charges & seizures

    Thursday, August 21 2014 8:17 PM EDT2014-08-22 00:17:11 GMT
    There's a hotly contested court battle underway between Sulphur businessman Joe Palermo and the state. And it now, partly deals with an investigation that has yet to result in criminal charges.Palermo was due on court motions fighting pending criminal charges against him, including forgery and possession of stolen things. But first off the defense filed a motion asking to secure and examine items seized yesterday, including Palermo's computer. Palermo attorney Karl says the seizure of compute...More >>
    There's a hotly contested court battle underway between Sulphur businessman Joe Palermo and the state. And it now, partly deals with an investigation that has yet to result in criminal charges.Palermo was due on court motions fighting pending criminal charges against him, including forgery and possession of stolen things. But first off the defense filed a motion asking to secure and examine items seized yesterday, including Palermo's computer. Palermo attorney Karl says the seizure of compute...More >>
  • Flushable wipes causing havoc for sewer systems in Lake Charles

    Flushable wipes causing havoc for sewer systems in Lake Charles

    Thursday, August 21 2014 7:49 PM EDT2014-08-21 23:49:13 GMT
    What we flush matters. The infrastructure in Lake Charles goes back 50 years in many places. Wastewater administrators said an old system was not built for many items we flush today, like flushable wipes.More >>
    What we flush matters. The infrastructure in Lake Charles goes back 50 years in many places. Wastewater administrators said an old system was not built for many items we flush today, like flushable wipes.
    More >>
LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) -

Minors may be banned from Louisiana tanning beds as lawmakers debate changing the rules.    

The House Health and Welfare Committee moved forward with the tanning ban for teens. The vote was 17-1.

Robin Williams said with prom right around the corner, she's seeing more high school kids enter her tanning salon.

"If they can drive to the tanning salon and tan, then they should not be banned from tanning," said Williams.

But with lawmakers pushing for a teen tanning bed law at the capitol, Williams may soon lose business from anyone 18-years-old or younger.

"I think it's ridiculous to actually ban tanning when there are so many other issues," said Williams.

Medical professionals testified in Baton Rouge that tanning beds harm children.

"There's a rising death rate from melanoma in young females and the thought is that tanning beds are a big part in that," said Doctor Lee Miller of Dermatology Associates of Southwest Louisiana.

Miller said there are rare instances with certain skin conditions where the benefits of tanning outweigh the risks.

"There are scenarios where ultra violet light might be helpful so I don't think a complete ban would be helpful, but certainly without a doctor's note then no access to a tanning bed," said Miller.

Miller said overall teenagers should stay away from tanning.

And Williams said banning is not the answer, but instead it's teaching teenagers moderation.

"It is safe for sixteen-year-olds if they do it in moderation and we can control how many minutes they're in a bed, how often they come, and we can talk with that parent," said Williams.

The bill will now move to the house floor for consideration.

Copyright 2014 KPLC. All rights reserved.

Powered by WorldNow