A Springfield alderman says he’s more concerned about public health than about the possible damage to local businesses from his proposed new regulations on tanning parlors.
Ward Five alderman Sam Cahnman wants to prohibit the use of tanning beds by anyone under the age of 18… even if they have a parent’s permission. Appearing live on 970 WMAY's "Jim Leach Show," Cahnman says indoor tanning has been linked to significantly higher rates of skin cancer.
He acknowledges that he did not talk with local tanning parlors before introducing the ordinance, but says that he will reach out to them. But Cahnman says their business concerns do not override the health dangers that tanning poses for young people.