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Chicago Bans Teens from UV Tans

Thursday, June 7th, 2012

Proponents of a measure to ban sunbed salon usage by clients under age 18 cited New Jersey “Tan Mom” Patricia Krentcil as the inspiration for moving their resolution through the Chicago City Council very quickly — despite the fact that Krentcil has nothing to do with anything related to the issue.

Chicago on Wednesday passed the council resolution, which is set to go into effect in a matter of weeks. Alderman Debra Silverstein pushed the motion.

“Silverstein has said she was inspired to act in part by recent media coverage of a darkly tanned New Jersey woman who has been defending herself against charges that she took her 5-year-old daughter to a tanning salon,” The Chicago Tribune reported.

According to the Tribune, Silverstein invited two Chicago women to stand up because they believed their skin cancers were caused by sunbed usage. “To my colleagues here in City Council, these are just two of the many people who suffer from cancer caused by the terrible effects of tanning beds,” Silverstein said in the Tribune article.

The Tribune did not name the two women, nor confirm that they ever in fact used a sunbed.

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, asked by the Chicago Sun-Times if his own daughters used sunbeds, declined to answer, calling that “a private thing.”

To read The Chicago Sun Times article click here.

To read the Chicago Tribune story click here.