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October 20, 2014, 5:44 pm
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Springfield Aldermen Pass Tan Ban for Minors

After hearing from a myriad of health professionals, Springfield Aldermen voted to pass Alderman Sam Cahnman's proposal to ban anyone under the age of 18 from using tanning beds, 7-3.


Former Springfield Alderman Irv Smith addressed the council in support of the measure along with several plastic surgeons and a mom who gave permission to her teenage daughter for a couple of session later to find out her daughter tanned many more session behind her back.


The ordinance had stalled in committee for weeks but got more support after the Sangamon County Medical Society came out in favor of the measure.  Monday, Fit Club said that even without the ordinance they would ban tanning for minors at all three of their facilities.  


Alderman Doris Turner said she was sure to push for the ordinance to include language that would help educate district 186 students about the dangers of tanning.


Alderman Cory Jobe said he wants the council to pass a resolution urging the state to pass a state wide ban on minors using tanning beds.


Aldermen Frank Edwards, Kris Theilen and Tim Griffin voted no for the ordinance. 


The ordinance will take effect January 1st.

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