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August 15, 2013

Illinois governor signs teen tanning ban



The electronic cigarette ban applies to cigarettes that don't contain tobacco, but do contain nicotine. Bill sponsors say the ban helps the government police minors' use of nicotine and keep up with advancements in how it is sold.

Illinois law already banned tanning by anyone younger than 14 but had allowed minors between 14 and 17 to tan with parental permission. Salons that violate the rules can be fined $250. Teen tanning already was banned altogether in Chicago and Springfield, and sponsors said the new law will level the playing field for salons across the state.

Sen. Christine Radogno, a Lemont Republican, said she co-sponsored the bill as a mother of three daughters, one who worked in a salon. She said she hated it when her daughters would tan.

"We just have to make pale beautiful again," Radogno said.

For Moncivaiz, it's personal.

"I think the bill will save countless lives," she said.

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