Rep. Gregg Takayama
Rep. Gregg Takayama

HONOLULU– HB 611 HD1, relating to tanning facilities, passed third reading in the House today and moves to the Senate for its consideration.

The measure seeks to protect the health and safety of minors by making it unlawful for a tanning facility to allow individuals under 18 to use tanning equipment that tans the skin with electromagnetic radiation. The amended version the bill inserted maximum fines of up to $250 for a first violation and $500 for subsequent violations.

“We know that young people are especially susceptible to the risk of skin cancer from ultraviolet radiation,” said Representative Gregg Takayama (Pearl City, Waimalu, Pacific Palisades), who helped shepherd the bill through the House. “In fact, according to the Skin Cancer Foundation, indoor ultraviolet (UV) tanners are 74 percent more likely to develop melanoma than those who have never tanned indoors.”

“This bill is aimed at preventing minors from using indoor tanning equipment until they are of an age when they will be better able to weigh the benefits and dangers of the practice.”

In the Senate, the bill will have to pass through the committee and legislative process before being sent to the Governor.

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