Teen tanning on the table, industry rep feels burned

ASSOCIATED PRESS Mayor Nutter is expected to sign a bill on teen tanning-salon use.
ASSOCIATED PRESS Mayor Nutter is expected to sign a bill on teen tanning-salon use.
Posted: May 24, 2013

SOON, IT MAY not be so easy for teenagers to use tanning salons in Philadelphia.

City Council approved a bill yesterday that would require minors to be accompanied by adults at the salons and ban those younger than 14 from indoor tanning unless they have a doctor's note. Mayor Nutter is expected to sign off on the bill, sponsored by Councilman Bill Greenlee.

At Council's session, Kelly Andrews, a representative for the American Cancer Society, called for a stronger bill.

"Parental consent is not an effective or reliable barrier to tanning," Andrews said. "Parents who do not understand the serious risk posed by indoor-tanning beds, and who allow their teens to use them, will unknowingly put their children in harm's way."

Joe Levy, of the American Suntanning Association, said parents should only have to grant permission for their kids to tan indoors once and that the bill "treats parents like teenagers."

The bill also requires salons to provide customers with information on health risks associated with tanning. The Health Department would be tasked with ensuring they follow the rules.

In other news

* City Councilman Curtis Jones Jr. introduced two bills on behalf of the Nutter administration, including the highly publicized measures to increase the liquor-by-the-drink tax by 5 percent and add a $2 tax per pack of cigarettes to raise money for the school district. Nutter has said he wants to raise $22 million and $45 million, respectively, from the taxes.

Nutter wants to use a portion of the money for an anti-smoking program, but Council President Darrell Clarke said if the bill is approved, all of the money would go to schools. Both bills require enabling legislation from the state.

* In response to a swirl of questions about the accuracy of reassessments under the Actual Value Initiative, Councilman Bobby Henon introduced a bill that would allow Council to hire an independent entity to audit the Office of Property Assessment every three years starting in 2014.

The bill would also require OPA to release information related to its assessment process, demonstrate that it meets industry standards, maintain records for seven years and open records to the public.


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