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Austin – (CBSDFW.COM/AP) – The State of Texas is trying to crack down on teen tanning.

The Senate voted last month to raise the minimum age for using a tanning facility to 18 years old. If passed, the bill would also remove an exemption that allows parents to give their minor children permission to tan in a tanning facility.  The House is now set to take up that legislation. The current minimum age is 16 1/2 with parental permission.

Lawmakers set the minimum age in 2009. Sen. Joan Huffman, a Houston Republican, says it should be raised to help reduce the cases of skin cancer.

According to a bill analysis, there are about 70,000 new cases of invasive melanoma each year and the disease is one of main causes of cancer deaths in women between 25 and 30.

The bill has been supported by doctors and opposed by the tanning industry.

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