Teenagers and tanning beds: State health officials push to revise consent form

The consent forms teenagers must get signed by their parents before using a tanning bed could soon change.

The State Department of Health and Mental Hygiene is recommending that the form include a clearer and more focused warning about the dangers of tanning beds, including the risk of cancer.

Parents will also have to show a government-issued ID when signing the consent form for their children. The form will expire six months after being signed.


The health department was trying to better inform parents as they make the decision whether to allow their children to tan, said Dr. Clifford Mitchell, director of the state's Environmental Health Bureau.

Years of efforts to ban tanning beds in the state have consistently failed in The General Assembly.

The changes in the consent form will now be discussed during a public comment period. Comments must be submitted to the health department by June 13.


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