Skin cancer state legislation and regulation

The American Academy of Dermatology Association (AADA) is constantly working with state dermatology societies and state legislatures to introduce and support laws and regulations that protect consumers and promote awareness about skin cancer prevention and the dangers of indoor tanning.


The map shows states with indoor tanning youth access laws. Click on the map for an expanded, up-to-date overview.

Access the AADA Indoor Tanning Toolkit.

  • California, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Hawaii, Illinois, Louisiana, Minnesota, Nevada, North Carolina,  New Hampshire, Oregon, Texas, Vermont, and Washington have passed laws that prohibit minors under the age of 18 from indoor tanning. Oregon and Washington prohibit minors under the age of 18 years old from using indoor tanning devices, unless a prescription is provided.
  • Connecticut, New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania passed laws that prohibit minors under the age of 17 from using tanning devices. New York also requires in-person parental consent for those ages 17-18
  • Prior to Illinois passing its state-wide ban, Springfield and Chicago, Illinois instituted ordinances prohibiting minors under the age of 18 from indoor tanning.


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