New York State legislators have passed a bill to raise the legal age for using tanning beds.

The science is pretty much unequivocal: excessive use of tanning beds raises your risk of skin cancer, and leads to premature aging of the skin. The use of tanning beds appeals to teens as well as adults, and now lawmakers have moved to raise the legal tanning age from 16 to 17.

According to the American Cancer Society, skin cancer is the most diagnosed cancer in the United States. About 95,400 invasive skin cancers will be diagnosed in the US, and more than 87,000 of these will be of melanoma, the most serious form.

The bill, Senate Bill S5585A, prohibits "children under the age of 18 from using tanning facilities; removes procedures in granting 17 to 18 year olds access to tanning booths and exempts licensed physicians who use or prescribe a phototherapy device with respect to a patient of any age."

The bill now goes to Governor Cuomo for a signature. 

What do you think about this? Is this another example of NYS overstepping its boundaries into people lives and choices, or is this just like laws the restrict who can legally buy cigarettes? 

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