Teen tanning bed ban back in tougher form in Colorado

DENVER - An unlikely partnership has helped block recent attempts to limit tanning bed use by Colorado teens, but supporters this year hope a new proposal can break the alliance of skin cancer survivors and the indoor tanning industry.

A House bill up for its first hearing next month would ban people younger than 18 from using tanning beds in Colorado without a doctor's prescription. The measure goes further than previous attempts, which sought to require parental permission.

Supporters say the tougher legislation should secure the endorsement of health advocates who have opposed limiting efforts, saying they couldn't support anything short of an outright ban.

It's unclear how much opposition there would be, but industry lobbyists have said previously that such measures are unnecessary since most shops already limit or ban minors.

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