A form parents must sign before their children use indoor tanning devices will warn that the practice can cause skin cancer and possibly death under a new policy state health officials adopted Friday.
"Indoor tanning can cause skin cancer. Skin cancer can be fatal," the statement reads. "To reduce the risk of skin cancer, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that children under 18 never use tanning devices."
The language was adopted after two rounds of public comment on revisions. It will be used starting Dec. 15.
The Maryland State Council on Cancer Control, an advisory panel whose 25 members are appointed by the governor, unanimously voted in September to recommended the change.