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Gov. Maggie Hassan has signed into law a bill that prevents anyone under age 18 from using tanning facilities.

Supporters of the measure say it's necessary to protect the health of teenagers, similar to the ban on minors buying cigarettes.

Hassan agreed Tuesday, saying it's clear that the use of tanning beds, especially at young ages, increases the risk of developing skin cancer later in life.

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The New Hampshire Senate has passed a bill that bans anyone under age 18 from using tanning facilities, sending the bill to Democratic Gov. Maggie Hassan's desk.

The bill's supporters say it's necessary to protect the health of teenagers, similar to the ban on minors buying cigarettes. Data from the World Health Organization shows using a tanning bed under the age of 30 significantly increases the chances of being diagnosed with melanoma.

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The New Hampshire House passed a bill Wednesday banning anyone under 18 from using tanning beds.

Lawmakers approved the bill 199 to 162 on Wednesday, sending the bill to the Senate.

Salem Representative Gary Azarian sponsored the bill, and says the measure is akin to existing bans on minors purchasing alcohol and cigarettes.

"It's inherently dangerous for persons under 18 years of age to use a tanning bed," he said. "It causes melanoma and cancers and they die from it. It's a reasonable request to ban persons under 18 from tanning in a tanning bed."

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The bill was endorsed by its house committee as a way to protect the minors from skin damage that could contribute to cancer, but on the house floor it provoked a heated debate over parental rights and the proper role of government.  Steve Vaillancourt is a Republican from Manchester.

"A young women if this bill passes can get an abortion, but not a tan, an abortion would be legal but a tan would not, think of it."

Moments later the House voted 175-154 to both kill the bill and bar the issue from coming up again this year.