Howard County Bans Underage Fake Baking

Children banned from indoor tanning

Wednesday, Nov 11, 2009  |  Updated 12:39 PM EDT
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Taking Artificial Sunshine Away From Teens

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Taking Artificial Sunshine Away From Teens

Howard County's Board of Health voted unanimously to ban kids younger than 18-years-old from using indoor tanning devices.
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ELLICOTT CITY, Md. -- If you're under 18, don't even think about a dose of fake 'n' bake in Howard County.

The Howard County Board of Health has voted to ban people under age 18 from using indoor tanning devices.

The unanimous vote was taken Tuesday.

Howard County officials said the county is the first jurisdiction in the country to provide comprehensive protection for children against the dangers of indoor tanning.

Health Officer Dr. Peter Beilenson introduced the regulations in September. They take effect on Thursday.

"The residents of Howard County should be proud of the important decision made tonight by the Board of Health to protect the health and safety of our children," Beilenson said.

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