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Bill Introduced to Ban Minors From Tanning Salons

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EAST LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) - It's spring break season, which means a lot of local tanning salons are seeing a booming business. But salons may not be able to serve minors for much longer.

"Like most people my age, I thought it would never happen to me until it did," remembered Anne Goulet.

When Anne was 19, she was diagnosed with melanoma skin cancer, rare for her age. Doctors told her the cause: the tanning booth.

"I knew the risk of going tanning, but I never knew anyone who ever was affected by melanoma," said Goulet.

Now 22-years-old, Goulet is sharing her story in hopes that others at least learn the risks of tanning.

State Rep. Jim Townsend is taking Goulet's battle to the legislature. He's introduced a bill that would ban minors from tanning salons.

"What we're trying to do is change people's behavior. Using tanning beds is a very dangerous thing to do," said Townsend.

"It makes me angry, being a business owner in the tanning industry," said Jason Hadley, owner of J2 Tanning in East Lansing. He said a law is unnecessary and that moderation the tanning booth is safe.

"Creating a base tan by tanning in a salon and doing it without burning, that's the safe way to do it," said Hadley, whose customer base is 20 percent minors. "I feel like until they understand why tanning beds are so dangerous, they're not going to stop."

Luckily, doctors caught Goulet's melanoma early. Now she's on a crusade to spread awareness and prevent others from a potentially worse fate.

Right now the current law allows minors to tan at salons, but they need a signature from a parent.

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