Know the dangers of tanning bedsEffective June 12, 2006, tanning beds became off limits to children, 16 and under; and, a parent or guardian of adolescents ages 16 or 17  must provide written permission in person at the salon. Tanning facilities also have to post warning signs and provide educational information to all prospective users.

What are the dangers of tanning?
UV radiation from the sun, tanning beds, or from sun lamps may cause skin cancer. While skin cancer has been associated with sunburn, moderate tanning may also produce the same effect. UV radiation can also have a damaging effect on the immune system and cause premature aging of the skin, giving it a wrinkled, leathery appearance.

Popular with teens, tanning beds can be a ticket to an increased risk of skin cancer later in life.