House panel recommends again bill to prevent young people from tanning beds in North Carolina

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RALEIGH, North Carolina — A bill that bans children from using tanning beds in North Carolina has cleared its first hurdle.

The House Health Committee recommended Wednesday legislation that's almost identical to a 2013 bill. That bill passed the House but stalled in the Senate.

Current law prohibits anyone 13 or younger from using tanning salon equipment unless a doctor gives the child a written prescription. Licensing rules require children 14 to 17 to only have a parent's permission.

The new bill bars tanning-bed use for everyone under 18.

Supporters say children should not be exposed to ultraviolet radiation that increases skin cancer risks. Dermatologists and cancer-prevention advocates visited the legislative complex Wednesday.

The measure now goes to the full House.

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