The Dermatology Nurses' Association
Nurses serving nurses for more than 30 years!

Tanning Legislation: 10 down, 40 to go!

2014 has been an exciting year for dermatology nursing. We are thrilled to report that efforts to reduce skin cancer risk for children are progressing.

It started with California in 2011 and Vermont in 2012. Texas, Nevada and Illinois followed in 2013 with outright restrictions on minors’ tanning bed use. Oregon and Washington also passed restrictions for minors in 2013, but their legislation makes an exception for those with a prescription. We can only hope that ALL of our prescribing colleagues carefully consider this.

So far in 2014, we have Minnesota and Louisiana on the books, protecting their children from the dangers of excessive UV radiation. A bill has been passed in the Delaware House and Senate, and awaits Governor Markell’s signature.

None of these efforts would be successful without the tremendous cooperation of many different groups interested in protecting children from skin cancer.

Dermatology nurses make up one of the more influential groups. Let’s keep it that way. We encourage your active participation in your state. Together we can get it done!

Make sure your legislators know where you stand.

To find your state legislator enter “Who is my legislator in [your state]?” into your search engine for quick links to their website, address, phone number and email.

A convenient resource to find your federal officials is

Join others in advocacy efforts. Our DNA Advocacy web page has links to some patient and professional advocacy groups, as well as our advocacy toolkit.

Check out what’s happening in your state:

National Conference of State Legislatures at

Aim at Melanoma at

State Prohibiting Tanning for Minors

State Statute / Bill Effective Date Notes
Californina Cal. Bus. and Prof. Code
§22706 of, and adds Section 2241.3 (As of Jan. 1, 2012)
Delaware SB 94 Awaiting Governor signature
Illinois  Ill. Admin. Code (HB 188 from 2013)
Title 77; Sec. 795.190 (c)
Louisiana HB 746
ACT No. 193 
08/01/2014 Act
Minnesota Minn. Stat. Ann. §325 H.08
HF 2402 (2014)
(Article 6, Sec. 24-25)
Nevada SB 267 / Chapter 407 07/01/2014
Oregon HB 2896 (2013)
Chapter 137, (2013 Laws)
01/01/2014 Prescription Authorized
Texas Tex. Health and Safety Code Ann. §145.008 06/28/2014
Vermont H 157 05/12/2012
Washington SB 6065 Chapter 87 (2014)  06/12/2014 Prescription Authorized