Attn: DNA Members in Delaware and Ohio
Tanning Legislation in the News
You can help!
Delaware and Ohio have tanning bed legislation that will be taken up soon. Here is a chance for DNA members to get involved by supporting the bills.
Update: Senate Bill 90 was approved in Delaware on 06/09/2009. The bill will now go to the House.
Delaware State Senator Bethany Hall-Long introduced a bill on May 12, Senate Bill 90 that would ban minors under the age of 14 from using an indoor tanning bed unless authorized by a physician and minors 14-17 would be required to provide parental / legal guardian consent at the facility. More information is available here .
The family of Michelle Rigney, who died at 22 from melanoma, has agreed to testify in support of the bill. As of this date, the bill is actively supported by Aim at Melanoma and the Delaware Chapter of the American Cancer Society. Other organizations such as the AAD and Delaware Academy of Dermatology will likely come out in support of the bill as well.
DNA members who live in Delaware are asked to write letters of support to their State Senator and State Representative and to cc them to Senator Hall-Long at firstname.lastname@example.org . Delaware residents can determine who their local representatives are here .
Members can also ask friends, family, patients and colleagues to write a letter of support as well. The Delaware legislative session closes at the end of June so time of the essence.
Use this sample letter which you may copy and paste for your convenience.
Ohio State Representatives Combs and Fende introduced a bill, HB 173 that would ban minors under the age of 18 from using a tanning facility unless authorized by a physician. More information is available here .
This bill is the harder of the two bills for a number of reasons. One reason is that it is a more restrictive bill than the one in Delaware. Another is that the tanning industry has already expressed strong opposition to the bill. As of this date, the bill is actively supported by Aim at Melanoma and the Ohio State Medical Association, among others.
Members in Ohio can support this bill by writing letters of support to their State Senator and State Representative with a cc to Representatives Fende at email@example.com  and Combs at firstname.lastname@example.org . Ohio residents can determine who their local representatives are here .
As with the Delaware bill, members can also ask friends, family, patients and colleagues to write a letter of support as well.
Use this sample letter  which you may copy and paste for your convenience.
A Request from Aim at Melanoma
Thank you to Samantha Guild for providing this information. Here is her request concerning the Ohio legislation:
We are hoping your members might also be able to assist us in finding a young woman (or her family) who tanned as a minor and believes her behavior led to her getting melanoma… The greatest difficulty we have is educating legislators on the dangers of indoor tanning. Putting a face on the issue plays a vital role in meeting this goal. We believe that one reason the legislation failed a couple of years ago was because a young woman didn't share her story. Of course, we understand this can be difficult for someone and will do what we can to alleviate any concerns.
Aim at Melanoma
3040 Cutting Blvd.
Richmond, CA 94804