Gov. Chris Christie signed into law bipartisan tanning legislation sponsored by Robert Singer (R-Monmouth, Ocean).
Senator Singer’s prohibits people younger than 14 from spray tanning and those younger than 17 from using tanning beds in tanning facilities. Seventeen-year-olds can use tanning beds only if a parent or guardian is present at the tanning facility for initial consultation.
“In sponsoring and advocating for this law, I have given careful consideration to its potential impact on the business community, but I firmly believe it is my primary responsibility as a Senator to protect children,” Singer said. “There are copious studies proving that tanning can be habit-forming and impose severe, life-threatening health risks upon young children and teenagers.”
Senator Singer applauds Gov. Christie’s concern for youths over politics. Studies indicate that people who tan before the age of 35 have a 75 percent higher risk of melanoma.
“We hear of skin cancer killing people in their 20s and 30s, who were frequent users of artificial tanning beds as teens,” Singer emphasized. “The age restrictions in this tanning legislation are consistent with action by other states.”
A person who violates S-1172 faces a $100 degree penalty for a first offense and $200 for each subsequent offense. Tanning facility operators who violate are subject to $1,000 fines for first offense, $2,000 for second offense, and $2,000 with a five-day suspension of operations for each subsequent offense.