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Special Report: Teen Tanning

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Teenage tanning is now illegal in Texas but that hasn't stopped some local salons from allowing their underage customers to tan indoors.

The ban went into effect in September 2013 and requires tanning bed operators to ID any customer who appears to be under the age of 25.

Amanda Ryan has worked at Bronze Body on Phelan in Beaumont for four years. She said they've adjusted to the new law by giving their underage tanners other options.

"If a tanner comes in and they're under the age of 18 we offer our sunless tanning booth at a discounted price," Ryan said.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention nearly a third of all white, non-Hispanic, high school girls in the nation admitted to using tanning beds. The CDCP also reports that indoor tanning is estimated to cause about 419,000 cases of skin cancer every year.

By comparison, smoking is thought to cause about 226,000 cases of lung cancer every year.

Despite the proof that indoor tanning is dangerous especially for children, some tanning salons have refused to let go of that business.

A conversation on Twitter led 12News to Island Tans in Silsbee, where underage girls claimed they were able to tan. An undercover investigation revealed that the salon's owner was asking any underage customers to write down a birth date that would show they were over 18.

Since our visit the owner says she's now IDing all of her customers.

She also says that she got into the business to help people with skin disorders by providing UV light therapy but the CDCP said the best way to get Vitamin D is through diet and supplements.

The law is monitored by the Texas Department of State Health Services who said tanning facilities that are caught allowing minors to tan receive a warning letter and if they do not comply after that, they face potential fines of up to $15,000.

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