AGENDA ITEM SC
April 12, 2016
April 8, 2016
Amanda Mihill, Legislative
Action: Bill 5-16, Tanning Facilities - Amendments
Health and Human Services Committee recommendation (3-0): enact Bill 5-16 with an
amendment to modify the definition of"tanning facilities" to make
consistent with state law and
other technical amendments. The Committee recommended that the Council adopt a Board of
Health regulation that would mirror Bill 5-16.
Bill 5-16, Tanning Facilities - Amendments, sponsored by Lead Sponsor Councilmember Hucker,
and Co-Sponsors Council President Nancy Floreen, Councilmernbers Leventhal, Ka1z, Navarro, and
Rice, Council Vice-President Berliner, and Councilmembers Riemer and Elrich was introduced on
March 1, 2016. A public hearing was held on March 22 at which several speakers, including Dr.
Tillman on behalf of the County Executive, supported Bill 5-16. A Health and Human Services
Committee worksession was held on April 4.
Bill 5-16 would prohibit minors from using indoor tanning devices; require tanning facilities and
customers to adhere to certain duties; and require tanning facilities to provide certain warning
statements and post certain signs.
Health concerns associated with tanning devices
According to the Centers for Disease Control
and Prevention (CDC), there are several dangers associated with indoor tanning. These include
increased risk of skin cancer, premature skin aging, and eye diseases (if eye protection is not used).
Although these risks can affect people of all ages, the CDC notes that indoor tanning is particularly
dangerous for young users and states that people who begin using tanning devices during
adolescence or early adulthood have a higher risk of getting melanoma, which is the deadliest type
of skin cancer. (See the Surgeon General's call to Action to Prevent Skin Cancer on ©15-20 and
the CDC fact sheet on ©21-23. See also an "Evaluation of Indoor Tanning Health Claims"
prepared for the New York State Office of the Attorney General on ©24-61.)