NJ Fines Salons Frequented By ‘Tanning Mom’ Patricia Krentcil

By Amir Khan on June 13, 2012 10:32 AM EDT

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New Jersey health officials fined a salon frequented by 'Tanning Mom" Patricia Krentcil, who allegedly took her 6-year-old daughter with her into the tanning booth, $5,200 for numerous violations (Photo: Creative Commons)

New Jersey health officials fined a salon frequented by 'Tanning Mom" Patricia Krentcil, who allegedly took her 6-year-old daughter with her into the tanning booth, $5,200 for numerous violations, including overexposure.

The City Tropics Tanning 2 salon in Nutley, N.J. was cited for 33 violations -- most related to one unnamed patron who was permitted to tan there 24 times in March. City inspectors said the woman should not have been allowed to tan more than once a week.

Donna Leusner, spokeswoman for the N.J. State Department of Health, told the Associated Press that the inspection of the salon was prompted by news coverage of Krentcil, but would not say whether Krentcil was the person who was allowed too many tanning sessions.

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The salon was also cited for not using a clean paper towel or cloth to wipe down equipment, for altering a warning statement and tanning authorization form, and for not providing staff training information, among other things, the AP reports.

Anthony Ruccatano, owner of the salon, said he'd never had any violations in the past and that he would contest any charges. He also said that if patrons are limited to tanning only once per week, the salon would go out of business.

"You tell a person you can't tan more than once a week? That's ridiculous," Ruccatano told the AP. "We're barely keeping the doors open now."

Too much tanning is linked to skin cancer, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

"A recent study reported that people who use indoor tanning beds frequently are 74 percent more likely to develop melanoma," Dr. Jerry Brewer, a dermatologist with the Mayo Clinic, said in a statement.

Melanoma is a tumor of the cells that produce the pigment melanin, which is responsible for the color of your skin. Although melanoma occurs predominantly on skin, it can occur anywhere melanin is found, such as the eye or bowel. It is much less common than other skin cancers, but is responsible for 75 percent of skin cancer deaths, killing about 48,000 people worldwide annually, according to the World Health Organization.  Melanoma deaths account for $3.5 billion in lost productivity every year, according to the CDC.

Krentcil faces child endangerment charges after her daughter allegedly suffered first-degree burns from being in the booth. She denies any wrongdoing and her case is currently in front of a grand jury.

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