Childhood tanning bed debate resumes in Colorado

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DENVER (AP) A ban on the use of commercial tanning beds by children is back before the Colorado Legislature.

The House is scheduled to resume debate Wednesday on a bill to prohibit anyone under 18 from using a tanning salon. Colorado is one of the few states with no restrictions on minors in tanning beds, though many Colorado salons place voluntary limits on childhood use.

Some lawmakers want to amend the bill to allow teens to visit tanning beds if they have parental permission, but similar efforts have failed before because of opposition from doctors and cancer advocates who say tanning beds are like tobacco and should be considered off-limits to children.

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