Local Advocacy

The MRF is committed to raising public awareness of the dangers of over-exposure to UV radiation and the importance of melanoma prevention. Several states and municipalities have introduced legislation that would put an under-18 ban on indoor tanning as well as legislation that would allow children to have access to sunscreen during the school day. Join us in this fight to protect our youth by urging your policymakers to pass these bills.

We continue to urge Congress to pass federal legislation that bans anyone under the age of 18 from using indoor tanning devices, without exceptions such as parental consent or a doctor's note; therefore we only support state-level legislation that does the same. Below you can find up-to-date information and track the progress of proposed legislation that meets this criteria. Check back often and if your local government is considering a bill that will protect the health of our most vulnerable, contact your local representative and urge them to support it! Here's what you can say:

"Hi! My name is [NAME] and I am a constituent of [CITY, ZIP]. I'm calling today to urge [POLICYMAKER] to support [LEGISLATION]. [YOUR STORY]. Melanoma is the deadliest form of skin cancer and it's the leading cause of cancer death in women ages 25-30. We know that nearly 90% of all melanomas are caused by exposure to UV radiation, so prevention is key! Support for this bill would demonstrate [POLICYMAKER]'s commitment to protecting the health of our children. Thank you for taking my call. If you or [POLICYMAKER] have any questions, please call me at [PHONE]. Goodbye!"

Download the MRF's easy-to-follow Advocacy Toolkit for more suggested language and helpful tips.


Sunscreen in Schools



Under 18 Tanning Ban