City Council bans tanning beds for minors
(MCT) — Tanning beds in Chicago salons soon will be off-limits to people younger than 18.
The City Council on Wednesday overwhelmingly voted in favor of the tanning bed ban in a move the sponsoring alderman said is aimed at protecting children from cancer. Ald. Debra Silverstein, 50th, invited two women she said contracted skin cancer from tanning facilities to stand in council chambers before the vote.
"These are just two of the many people who suffer from cancer caused by the terrible effects of tanning beds," Silverstein said. Three aldermen — Anthony Beale, 9th; Roberto Maldonado, 26th; and Brendan Reilly, 42nd — voted against the stricter rules.
"Right now there is a requirement of parental consent, and I think that's OK for me as a parent," Maldonado said.
State law bans those younger than 14 from using tanning beds at salons. Mayor Rahm Emanuel said it was appropriate to give parents additional help.
"We have restrictions as it relates to teenagers on smoking. This ordinance on tanning reflects a strategy as it relates to protecting our teenagers, as they have to make decisions," Emanuel said after the meeting.
The ban does not prevent minors from getting spray tans or using other tanning products or equipment that do not irradiate the skin. A tanning facility that allows someone younger than 18 to use banned equipment will face a fine of $100 to $250. It will fall to the city Department of Public Health to enforce the ban, which will take effect in the next few weeks.