Know the dangers of tanning bedsEffective August 16, 2018, Public Health Law prohibits persons under eighteen (18) years of age from using UV radiation devices.

On August 16, 2018, New York State Public Health Law, Article 35-A was amended to prohibit the use of a UV radiation device by a minor under eighteen years of age. The New York State Department of Health is currently updating Part 72, Subpart 72-1 in conjunction with this new restriction in Public Health Law, Article 35-A. For more information, contact the State or Local Health Department designated as the Permit Issuing Official in your County.

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 lead to an increased risk of skin cancer later in life.