Miller acknowledges that "conscientious salons" do attempt to get parental permission when 16- and 17-year-olds want to tan, but he says that's simply not good enough.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, Connecticut is among the 11 states that have the highest rates of skin cancer in the nation. A CDC report in 2009 put the skin cancer incidence rate in this state at between 23.1 and 32.6 cases per 100,000 people.

Since the state regulates and licenses indoor tanning facilities, Miller warns, allowing a teen to tan in one of these places "could put the state in a liability position" if the kid developed skin cancer.

"We have to change our attitudes," Miller adds, "to change the view that a tan body is desirable."

He also admits that's going to be real tough.

Says Miller: "It seems to be human nature, regardless of age, to use something like this too much for our own good."

The big tanning hearing is scheduled for Friday at the state Legislative Office Building and things could get pretty hot. You might want to bring some lotion to protect yourself from the glare.

 

ghladky@newhavenadvocate.com

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