In a recent Columbus Medical News Youtube Video Interview, Dr. Adam Hessel discusses how the New Ohio Tanning law will help protect teens in Columbus and Central Ohio from skin cancer and other harmful effects of tanning.  Ohio House Bill 131 was signed into law by Governor Kasich in 2014 and goes into effect in March 2015.  This Ohio law requires an operator or employee of a tanning facility to check if a customer seeking tanning services is at least 18 years old.  The parents must be present at the tanning facility to sign the consent form for ages 16 and 17.  And for children under the age of 16, a parent must stay at the tanning facility while their child uses the tanning beds.  In the past, a person under the age of 18 could use tanning services by bringing in a permission note from their parent or legal guardian.  An increased number of skin cancer occurrences led to the creation of this new law, according to law officials. This law will help protect minors from the risks of tanning beds, which includes not only developing skin cancer, but also the development of premature aging, wrinkling, and brown sunspots. 

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Dr. Hessel's Video Interview on New Ohio Tanning Law

Columbus Medical News Story on New Ohio Tanning Law