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Texas House Approves Bill to Enforce Stricter Laws on Teen Tanning

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Teen tanning in Texas has taken a tumultuous turn. Try saying that five times, fast.

Earlier today, the Texas House voted to approve a measure that would increase the  legal age to frequent a tanning facility to 18 years of age. The bill, which met with Senate approval last month, must now pass a procedural House vote before going before Governor Rick Perry.

As it stands, the current legal age is 16 ½ with parental consent, and supporters of the bill say that raising the legal age to 18 could greatly diminish skin cancer risks. However critics say that passing this and other legislation like it allows government to have too much control over “parental rights.”

Reports suggest there are approximately 70,000 new cases of invasive melanoma every year, which is the leading cause of cancer deaths in women between 25 and 30.

Fortunately, the government hasn’t yet found a way to regulate use of the sun.

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