Illinois teens younger than 18-years-old are no longer permitted to use tanning beds.
Governor Pat Quinn signed the legislation into law on Thursday, August 15, 2013, saying it was a way to prevent serious health problems down the road.
According to a statement from the Office of the Governor, research has shown that over the last 40-years, the rate of young women developing melanoma has increased by 800-percent.
Teens will no longer be allowed to use public tanning beds, but that does not include beds set-up in private residences or spray-on tan products, according to the Illinois General Assembly. Currently, minors in Illinois can use tanning beds with their parent’s permission.
The ban takes effect on January 1, 2014.