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Baltimore Co. Considers Tanning Rules For Minors

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TOWSON, Md. (AP) Baltimore County officials are considering proposals that would require minors to have their parents' permission before using tanning equipment.

The County Council will take up the bills on Tuesday. Under the measures, drafted by Councilman Vincent J. Gardina, tanning business owners would have to demand that minors have written parental permission and post signs warning of the health risks of using the equipment.

A parent or guardian would have to sign the consent form while the business owner is present. Those who violate the rule would face up to $100 per day in fines.

Gardina says his intent is to prevent melanoma, a form of skin cancer. In November, the council rejected his earlier bill to ban minors from tanning facilities.

Information from: The (Baltimore) Sun, http://www.baltimoresun.com (Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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