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SB 1229 "An act further regulating tanning facilities" was heard before the Massachusetts Joint Committee on Public Health on Tuesday, July 28. The following DNA members were present to testify in support of the bill: Maura Flynn, President, Maryellen Maguire-Eisen, former DNA Director, and Marianne Tawa, former DNA President. Maryellen is also the founder and CEO of the Children’s Melanoma Prevention Foundation. A version of this bill has been introduced by Senator James Timilty (D-Walpole) annually for nearly a decade. In the past, DNA members and other advocates have testified in support, but the bill has either died in committee or else has been sent to the Senate floor with substantial changes. For example, during the 2013-2014 legislative session the language was changed. The amended language banned anyone under age 16 but allowed use of tanning devices with parental in-person consent for teens age 16 and 17. It is DNA’s opinion that parental consent is not effective since there is data that shows that many visits to tanning parlors are by mothers who go to tan with their teenage daughters . That bill however never made it through the arduous journey to become law before the legislative session ended.
On Friday, July 31 SB 1229 was reported out favorably by the committee and for the first time there was no substantial change to the language that prohibitsindividuals under age 18 from using indoor tanning devices. The Dermatology Nurses’ Association’s policy is to support only those bills with an under age 18 ban so this is a major victory.
The next step is for the bill to go before the Massachusetts Senate. That should happen sometime during the fall since formal sessions have ended for the summer. However, the bill could end up in another committee such as Ways and Means or Rules and Ethics depending on the decision of the Clerk of the Senate. Such a move would significantly slow the bill’s progress.
DNA members will continue their advocacy efforts and we are hopeful that this will be the year that Massachusetts finally passes a law that will protect vulnerable adolescents from the dangers of indoor tanning.
This is the final version of the bill that was sent to the Clerk of the Senate:
SENATE DOCKET, NO. 1565 FILED ON: 1/16/2015
SENATE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . No. 1229
The Commonwealth of Massachusetts
In the One Hundred and Eighty-Ninth General Court
An Act further regulating tanning facilities.
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:
SECTION 1. Section 207 of chapter 111 of the General Laws, as appearing in the 2014 Official Edition, is hereby amended by inserting after the definition of “Board”, in line 8, the following definition: -
“Operator”, a person employed and trained by a tanning facility to control, maintain or operate a tanning device in compliance with sections 207 to 213, inclusive, and to assist or instruct customers of the tanning facility in the correct use or operation of a tanning device.
SECTION 2. Section 210 of said chapter 111, as so appearing, is hereby amended by inserting in line 6 after the first sentence the following sentence:-
No tanning facility shall employ as an operator a person under 18 years of age or permit any other employee of the tanning facility who is under 18 years of age to operate a tanning device.
SECTION 3. Said chapter 111 is hereby further amended by striking out section 211, as so appearing, and inserting in place thereof the following section:-
Section 211. No person under 18 years of age shall use a tanning device.
Wednesday, July 29, 2015
By: Associated Press
BOSTON — Dermatologists who treat skin cancer patients urged state lawmakers on Tuesday to approve a bill that would bar anyone under age 18 from using tanning beds, but salon owners accused critics of overstating the risks.
Current Massachusetts law allows 14- to 17-year-olds to visit tanning salons with written consent from a parent or legal guardian. Children under 14 can only use a tanning bed if accompanied by a parent or guardian.
Doctors who testified before the Legislature's Public Health Committee said they had seen a sharp rise in the number of young people diagnosed with melanoma — the deadliest form of skin cancer — and cited what they believed was a clear link to the increased use of sunbeds since they first became popular in the 1970s.
"The words, 'you have cancer' are never easy to tell a patient," said Dr. Jennifer Lin of Boston's Dana Farber Cancer Institute. "It's especially difficult if the patient hasn't finished college yet." The institute sees 10 to 20 new cases of melanoma each week, said Lin, a number that corresponds with the 65,000 new cases nationwide and 9,000 deaths each year, resulting in $1.6 billion in health care costs. Tanning beds emit ultraviolet rays 10 to 15 times stronger than the midday sun, Lin testified.
Salon owners insisted tanning beds are safe if used responsibly in professional settings."Suntanning in moderation, without sunburn, actually has many positive effects on the body," said Glen Asaro, who operates Sunbanque salons in Gloucester and Beverly and argued before the panel that current parental consent laws were sufficient.
"I don't feel it is the government's job to take away a parent's responsibilities and rights when it comes to making a decision about letting their teenagers use sunbeds at a professional salon," he testified.
Asaro said he would lose about 10 percent of his business if the under-18 ban was approved.
Joseph Levy, scientific adviser to the American Suntanning Association, warned that a ban would have the unintended consequence of driving many teens to use unlicensed tanning devices without professional operators.
But supporters of the bill said the current rules weren't strong enough, claiming many adults were unaware of the potential harm of UV exposure to children and noting that mothers often accompany their teen daughters to the salons and tan with them.
Maryellen Maguire-Eisen, an oncology nurse and executive director of the Children's Melanoma Prevention Foundation, recalled that during a visit to a school to discuss skin cancer protection, a teen asked her why you had to be 18 to get a tattoo but only 16 to go tanning. "If this was really dangerous, we wouldn't be allowed to do it," she quoted the student as saying about tanning salons.
According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, New Hampshire, Vermont, eight other states and the District of Columbia ban indoor tanning for those under 18.
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Sunscreen is the most popular form of protection from ultraviolet rays but most Americans use it improperly. CMPF executive director, Maryellen Maguire-Eisen writes about the selection and use of sunscreen for maximum effectiveness.
The Hingham Journal, May 18, 2011, Section: Health, Edition: Web
Childrens' Melanoma Prevention Foundation promoted skin cancer awareness day, "Don't Fry Day," with the publication of its newest book on sun safety, Danger at Graves Light, as well as a flood of educational fliers, and a high school senior project on anti-indoor tanning.
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Highlights included a presentation on breakthrough melanoma treatments and a presentation by CMPF executive director, Maryellen Maguire-Eisen on the controversies surrounding sunscreen ingredients.
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The Scituate Rotary Club recently awarded a $1250 grant to the Children's Melanoma Prevention Foundation ...
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Friends and colleagues came together Saturday night at Derby Academy in Hingham to bring awareness to skin cancer and to honor Dr. Marie-France Demierre, a member of the Children's Melanoma Prevention Foundation who recently passed away. The fund-raiser, auction, and tribute also featured the Neponset Valley Philharmonic Orchestra, a "training" orchestra consisting of professional musicians under the age of 35...
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Showtime's new critically acclaimed dramatic TV series "The Big C" revolves around a woman coping with a devastating cancer diagnosis. She learns from her dermatologist that her kind of cancer - melanoma - is aggressive and fatal in the late stages of the disease.
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The 2009 President's Award given to Maryellen Maguire-Eisen for "exceptional service and dedication to the Dermatology Nurses' Association."
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DNA members observe Don't Fry Day across the US.
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Maryellen Maguire-Eisen recognized for teaching children sun safety.
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The Dermatology Nurses' Association (DNA) joined the Longwood Symphony Orchestra (LSO) and other performers last month for a benefit...
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Connections, December 9, 2005
The 3rd annual Skin Cancer Workshop for Nurses and Health Educators, sponsored by the Sun Protection Foundation (SPF), the Melanoma Education Foundation (MEF), and the American Cancer Society New England Division in Brockton, Massachusetts (ACS) was a huge success...
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The newly launched "WDS Families Play Safe in the Sun" campaign is designed to provide skin health awareness and education to young families and to promote sun safety...
Quincy Sun, April 14, 2005
More than 70 local nurses and health care educators gather in Quincy last Friday to raise awareness about the dangers of skin cancer...
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Nurse Maryellen Maguire-Eisen started the Sun Protection Foundation to make people aware of the danges of the sun and skin cancer...
SunWise Monitor, January 2005
Working with 16 local schools, the Sun Protection Foundation - a nonprofit educational organization based in Boston - presented its sun safety awareness program to more than 8,000 pre-kindergarten to 12th grade students ...
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Summer may be over, but Rockland students learned this week the damage the sun can do is a year round concern. On Tuesday, Maryellen Maguire-Eisen and Rob Gilman, a meteorologist for the Patriot Leger and WATD, talked to 3rd and 4th graders...
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