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Jonesboro, AR -- Lauren Payne Reports

New law limits teens indoor tanning

Jonesboro, AR (KAIT) -- New rules are in place for teens wanting to press the start button on tanning beds.

"When we saw what was in the bill, we didn't protest.  We just watched what was going on with it. It seem to fit us well," said Premiere Tans Owner, Henry Turner.

A measure signed into law on Tuesday requires anyone under the age of 18 to get a guardian's signature before they use a tanning facility.  Premiere Tans Owner, Henry Turner, says they had similar rules in place even before this new law.

"Instead of the teens 16 and under having to have their guardian sign it, we'll just have 17 and 18 year olds have their guardians sign it," said Turner.

"If you have a child that's a minor and you are legally and financially responsible for that child, it is your responsibility to take care of them and that includes anything that might affect them medically," said Jan Ragland.

Jan Ragland has three daughters. She says they've tanned on occasion. Jan says she likes the idea of parents and their children knowing the possible consequences of overexposure to UV light.

"I know they've heard it before, but they should read it and maybe it will sink in--no matter what it is," said Ragland.

Henry Turner says he doesn't expect this new law to really affect his business. He'll raise the age of needing a guardian's consent.  No matter what your age, he says, they will still give everyone the same information about the risk of exposure to UV light.

"Tanning's like anything else. It needs to be done in the correct manner whether you're at the beach, in a boat, or at the pool," said Turner. 

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