April 4, 2016
April 1, 2016
Health and Human Services Committee
Amanda Mihill, Legislative
Worksession: Bill 5-16, Tanning Facilities
Bill 5-16, Tanning Facilities - Amendments, sponsored by Lead Sponsor Councilmember Hucker,
and Co-Sponsors Council President Nancy Floreen, Councilmembers Leventhal, Katz, Navarro, and
Rice, Council Vice-President Berliner, and Councilmembers Riemer and Eirich 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.
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 (ifeye protection is not used).
Although these risks can affect people ofall 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.)
Federal law regulates tanning devices as "sunlamp products" and Bill 5-16 is
consistent with existing federal regulations. Council staff notes, that the Food and Drug
Administration recently proposed two new relevant rules. One regulation requires sunlamp
manufactures and tanning facilities to take additional safety measures, some of which are similar
to Bill 5-16. The second regulation would prohibit minors from using sunlamp products. See ©62
63 for an FDA News Release that summarizes these two proposed rules. The comment period for