FDA proposes tanning bed ban for minors

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration made a proposal Friday banning people under the age of 18 from using tanning beds.

North Carolina lawmakers passed a similar measure that took effect in October.

The FDA’s proposal also calls for adults to sign a form acknowledging they understand the risks of tanning beds before their first visit and then every six months afterwards. It also requires an emergency off switch for beds, more protective eyewear, and improved labeling for light bulbs.

Anne Bowman, a melanoma survivor, was thrilled to learn of the FDA’s plan.

"I think that this would absolutely save lives,” she said.

The Indoor Tanning Association argues that a decision on whether or not to let a teen sun tan should be up to their parents, and not the government.

The FDA is accepting feedback on its proposal through its website, FDA.gov beginning Monday.

Public comment will be open for 90 days after that.

Tanning salons could be fined for not complying with the regulations if the measure is finalized.