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LePage vetoes restrictions on teen tanning

12:56 PM, Apr 4, 2013   |    comments
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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - Maine Gov. Paul LePage has vetoed a bill to prohibit tanning facilities and their operators from allowing those under 18 years of age to use tanning machines.

Legislatures in more than 20 states have debated the subject of teens using tanning beds because of concerns about the health risks. The Food and Drug Administration says exposure to UV radiation, whether from the sun or a tanning bed, can cause skin cancer, burns, premature skin aging and eye damage.

The American Academy of Pediatrics says powerful tanning beds produce radiation levels up to "10 to 15 times higher than that of the midday sun."

LePage said via Twitter that he vetoed the bill because it's up to parents, not lawmakers, saying "Maine parents can make the right decisions for their families."

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