Thursday, May 9, 2013

Legislators approve teen tanning bed ban in Oregon

After much back and forth, both the Oregon Senate and the House of Representatives have passed House Bill 2896, which--once signed by the governor--will ban minors under age 18 from using UV tanning devices. Oregon will be the third state (following California and Vermont) in the nation to implement such a ban.

I was thrilled to hear the news just days before the Portland Melanoma Walk. As many of you know, I traveled to our state capitol twice this spring to testify in support of the teen tanning ban.

Teenagers: Feel free to hate me. The only thing more "devastating" than being told you're not allowed to tan is to be told "you have melanoma."

9 comments:

  1. Fantastic news Katie!! Well done dear girl.... :)

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  2. Teenagers: Feel free to hate me. The only thing more "devastating" than being told you're not allowed to tan is to be told "you have melanoma."

    I totally agree. For me, at 29, it was being told I'll have a one inch scar on my cheek that would be slow to heal (further scaring) due to diminished tensile strength. And I went to a tanning bed once. (River girl.)

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  3. Teenagers: Feel free to hate me. The only thing more "devastating" than being told you're not allowed to tan is to be told "you have melanoma."

    I totally agree. For me, at 29, it was being told I'll have a one inch scar on my cheek that would be slow to heal (further scaring) due to diminished tensile strength. And I went to a tanning bed once. (River girl.)

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