Chicago proposal would ban teen tanning

**FILE PHOTO** Run to the Sun tanning salon in Anchorage, Alaska
May 8, 2012 10:00:00 PM PDT
Children under the age of 18 would not be allowed to use tanning facilities under a new City of Chicago ordinance introduced Wednesday.

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Under current Illinois law, minors under the age of 14 are restricted from using a tanning facility. Under 50th Ward Alderman Debra Silverstein's ordinance, the ban would extend to minors in Chicago under the age of 18.

"We regulate cigarettes being sold to minors under the age of 18 mainly because they are harmful to our youth. I do not see why this should not be extended to barring minors under the age of 18 from tanning facilities," Silverstein said in a news release.

The ordinance will be assigned to the Committee on Licensing and Consumer Protection and a hearing will follow.

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