Hoping to Prevent Skin Cancer, California Bans Tanning for Kids

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California teenagers will have to wait until age 18 to visit tanning salons under a new law signed last week by Gov. Jerry Brown. The state is the first in the nation to ban tanning for teenagers, though others are reportedly considering issuing similar prohibitions. The purpose is to prevent skin cancer, a serious risk with prolonged exposure to UV radiation, health officials say.

So where better to start with a ban than California, where there are, one lawmaker said, more tanning salons than Starbucks or McDonald's restaurants?

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