Springfield teen tanning ban begins
The Associated Press December 31, 2012 12:26PM
Updated: February 3, 2013 6:12AM
SPRINGFIELD — A Springfield ordinance that bans people younger than 18 from commercial tanning beds throughout the city went into effect Tuesday.
The (Springfield) State Journal-Register reports that aldermen approved the ban in October.
According to the ordinance, young people can’t tan, even if their parents give their permission.
The ordinance does not apply to spray tans or tanning beds located at private residences.
Springfield’s proposal was sponsored by Alderman Sam Cahnman. He says he’ll send a copy of the ordinance to all tanning businesses to remind them of the ban.
Illinois state law bans children younger than 14 from tanning at salons and requires parental consent for those between 14 and 17 years old.
The Springfield ordinance carries a fine of $75 to $750 for first offenses. For a second violation during a calendar year, the fine increases to a minimum of $250.