A new state law goes into effect Thursday prohibiting anyone under the age of 18 from using a tanning facility unless they have a doctor's prescription.
The law was passed after four legislative sessions in Olympia and is aimed at protecting teens who are said to run a higher risk of getting cancer. Facilities that allow people under age 18 to use a tanning device could be fined up to $250 per violation.
Cancer victim Ashley Trenner was one of the strongest advocates to passing the new law. Trenner passed away in March 2013 with melanoma, but her mother Karen says she would be proud to see the law finally take effect.
"She would be so thrilled," said Trenner. "Ashley always looked for something that was meaningful for her life. It’s ironic that life in her death has become meaningful."
California passed a similar bill last year, becoming the first state to ban tanning beds for all minors because of concerns over possible health hazards such as melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer.