CHICAGO (WBBM) – Teenagers who enjoy the site of a healthy tan.. thanks to help from a tanning parlor may be out of luck in Illinois with the introduction of legislation banning the practice

Legislation has been introduced in both houses of the General Assembly that if passed would prohibit anyone under the age of 18, even with parental consent, from using tanning salons.

The bills are in light of information from the International Agency for Research on Cancer which likens tanning beds to cigarettes in terms of causing cancer.

Research from the organization showed skin cancer increased by 75 percent for those under the age of 30 who regularly used tanning beds.

Local salon owners argue they offer a controlled environment that is better than outdoor tanning and that the government needs to stay out of the industry.

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