TRENTON, NJ – A dark shadow has been cast on New Jersey. No, Jersey Shore isn’t being renewed for another season. Chris Christie signed a law banning minors from getting fake tans.
It’s all thanks to Patricia Krentcil, AKA “Tan Mom.” She was accused of taking her 5-year-old daughter into tanning booths last year. A grand jury decided not to indict her after all. But either way, she raised awareness to a concerning trend.
The new law bans any Jersey kids under 17-years old from using commercial tanning beds. The Garden State already had a law on the books that banned kids 14-years-old and younger. But now the new law covers older teens, and says they must have a parent or guardian with them for an initial consultation with a tanning salon. Wonder if that consultation explains what melanoma is.
It also bans children under 14-years-old from getting spray tans at tanning salons.
Don’t fret, mall rats. You’ll have plenty of time to turn your skin into leather.