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New Law Bans Minors From Using Tanning Beds
Jade Sisti and Skylar Burgar are two cheerleaders who use tanning salons.
"You look a lot better in the uniform if you have some color," Sisti said.
"The black kind of washes you out, and so does the orange in our uniforms," Burgar said.
These two students say they don't go overboard with darkening their skin.
Come next year, they won't be able to go near a tanning bed.
"They're just taking another right away from us," Sisti said. "And there's a lot of other legal things out there that can harm you."
Gov. Pat Quinn said he signed the legislation to spare families from "serious and preventable" health problems.
"The younger you are, the more dangerous it is for you," alderman Sam Cahnman said.
Cahnman recently helped get a law passed in Springfield to ban minors from using tanning beds. He backs Quinn and other supporters of the law.
"Parents should not be given permission to sign off to do things that harm their children," Cahnman said.
"It's not really a problem unless you tan a lot," Sisti said.
She said she may go tan for 15 minutes once a week.
Her mother didn't mind her doing it. After January, she will have to settle for using spray tanning products.
"That would be my parents' job to tell me not that I couldn't tan, not politics," Sisti said.
The law doesn't apply to devices used in private residences, or photo therapy devices used by physicians.
Quinn also signed legislation banning the sale of electronic cigarettes to minors.
Teens make up about 8 percent of the indoor tanning market. In 2010, teenagers brought in more than $213 million for the industry.