SAN ANTONIO - A Texas lawmaker wants to put a minimum age on tanning to protect teenagers from getting skin cancer later in life.
Right now you have to be 16 and a half to use a tanning bed and you need your parent's permission. State Rep. John Zerwas wants to change the legal age to 18.
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The Houston-area lawmaker says his bill would protect young people from future medical issues.
"The evidence is so clear and evident in terms of what the increased risk is for subsequent development of skin cancer, that the bill simply addresses that, under 18, you know, no," he said.
Zerwas said medical experts came to him with the idea for the bill and are now backing the proposed legislation.
"M.D. Anderson [Cancer Center] came to me, and the dermatological society came to me, so there is really a strong consensus around this, at least around the medical community," he said.