HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Gov. Neil Abercrombie on Wednesday signed into law a bill that aims to prohibit minors from using indoor tanning equipment featuring electromagnetic radiation. House Bill 611 will allow the state Department of Health to fine businesses up to $250 for a first violation and $500 for subsequent violations.
"Young people are especially susceptible to the risk of skin cancer from ultraviolet radiation," said Rep. Gregg Takayama who introduced the bill. "The use of indoor tanning devices are directly linked to skin cancer. Studies show indoor ultraviolet tanners are 74 percent more likely to develop melanoma than those who do not tan indoors."
Hawaii is the 10th state to enact a law of this kind.