Thank ‘Tanning Mom’ For New Jersey’s Latest Tanning Salon Ban For Kids
It looks like something positive has come out of the bizarre tale of Patricia Krentcil, the mom from New Jersey dubbed “tanning mom.” Krentcil was arrestedÂ in 2012Â when herÂ 5-year-oldÂ daughter showed upÂ to schoolÂ with a sun burn she allegedlyÂ suffered as a result of a visit to a tanning salon. (She denied this accusation). As a result of the backlash Krentcil received, New Jersey has actually done something about it.
Governor Chris Christie signed a bill on Monday that bans anyone under the age of 17 from using tanning salons without being accompanied by a parent or guardian for an initial consultation.
Christie released this statement:
“Governmental regulation of the private sector should always beÂ carefully scrutinized, and sparingly adopted,” he said in a statement. “The newÂ restrictions imposed by this bill followed a single but breathlessly reportedÂ incident of a parent bringing a minor child into a tanning facility.
New Jersey already had a ban on children under 14 using tanning beds as a way to reduce the risk of skin cancer. This ban’s aim is to stop teenagers from using them as well.
Also under the new law, children under 14 cannot get sprayed tanned in a salon, which may be a problem for theÂ child beautyÂ pageantÂ set. Although I once saw an episode ofÂ Toddler’s and Tiara’sÂ where aÂ 5-year-old was given a spray tan in a body shop, so I’m sure the devoted will findÂ a way around this.