Tan Mom Inspires New ‘Tanning Law’ in New Jersey
Inspired by the story of the infamous ‘Tan Mom’ Patricia Krentcil who took her 5-year-old daughter to the tanning salon, a New Jersey law was recently passed to tighten tanning rules in the state.
According to the new law, children under 17 are now required to have a parent or guardian present to use the tanning salon. Additionally, minors under 14 are no longer allowed to receive spray tans.
“Governmental regulation of the private sector should always be carefully scrutinized, and sparingly adopted,” Governor Chris Christie explained. “The new restrictions imposed by this bill followed a single but breathlessly reported incident of a parent bringing a minor child into a tanning facility.”
Christie also added that studies have proven that tanning prior to age 35 increases the person’s risk for melanoma and skin cancer.