Government
3:26 pm
Thu January 24, 2013

Senator Nordquist Proposes 2 Bills to Fight Cancer

Senator Jeremy Nordquist of Omaha is sponsoring two measures that focus on reducing the cancer risk among young people.

Both bills have been introduced in the Nebraska Legislature. 

One is the Tobacco-Free Schools Act, which would require all schools to implement a tobacco-free environment policy. 

The other is called the Skin Cancer Prevention Act and would ban anyone under the age of 18 from using tanning beds in tanning facilities.

Senator Nordquist says those facilities would also have to post warnings about the dangers and risks associated with tanning beds

"We are trying to prevent teens from exposing themselves to a product that the World Health Organization rates as a Class 1 carcinogen, in the same category as arsenic, tobacco and asbestos.”

Senator Nordquist says both bills have been sent to committee. 

The Skin Cancer Prevention Act is before the Health and Human Services Committee and is scheduled to be heard tomorrow (Friday).

The Education Committee will decide on the Tobacco-Free Schools bill.