Quinn signs laws banning tanning beds and electronic cigarettes for teens

By WEEK Producer

August 15, 2013 Updated Aug 15, 2013 at 7:01 PM CDT

CHICAGO, Ill. – Two new laws will ban Illinois teens from using tanning beds and electronic cigarettes.

Governor Pat Quinn signed the bills into law on Thursday. They will go into effect January 1, 2014.

HB 188 prevents individuals under the age of 18 from using tanning beds, which studies have shown can lead to cancer.

According to research, people who begin using tanning beds at a young age have a 75 percent higher risk of developing melanoma.

The current law in Illinois allows minors to access tanning beds with parental or guardian consent.

Governor Quinn also signed Senate Bill 1756, which bans anyone under the age of 18 from using electronic cigarettes and other alternative nicotine products.

Electronic cigarettes do not contain tobacco but they do contain nicotine, which is the highly addictive substance.

Dependence on nicotine is the most common form of chemical dependence, impacting almost 20 percent of all Americans.

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