Texas minors may soon get banned from tanning booth

Texas minors may soon get banned from tanning booth

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Eighteen years or older to tan. The "indoor tanning" bill passed the Texas Senate last month, this week the House...and now it's just one procedural step away from getting to the Governor's desk.

Many are against the measure. Like Colson Schexnider. He's in his 20s. But he thinks high schoolers are old enough to make their own choices about this.

"They can decide for themselves. They're high schoolers, freshman. Everybody's tanning...like it's not that big of a deal," Schexnider said.

Adam Kilpper owns Waterloo Tan in Round Rock.

He says the new law won't change anything for him.

"Typically I kind of would rather not tan people under 18 it's just kind of my personal thoughts of it. Because we have spray tanning opportunities," Kilpper said.

As you'd expect, dermatologists like Dr. Amar Ahmed are big fans of the legislation.

"There's more evidence that also shows that in even young people specifically under the age of 35 and presumably even more so in younger folk and teenagers that tanning at an early age has a disproportionally great impact on your eventual risk of skin cancer," Ahmed said.

The law as it stands now is 16 and a half with parental consent.

Kilpper says people that young only make up 1% of his business. But every now and then, he'll get a teenager in wanting to catch some artificial rays.

"I'm not a pushy person. I don't want to make someone feel uncomfortable when they come to tan and tell them they can't. Sometimes they do get upset, yes. The girls and the guys...I keep saying the guys...they get upset that they can't tan but I'll never see them again because their parents won't approve of it," Kilpper said.

Kilpper says he realizes he may be in the minority among tanning salon owners that are just fine with this becoming law.

But he says he only owns two locations. It's some of the national chains that will take a bigger hit by losing that business.

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