Governor Cuomo signed the legislation Thursday.

Children under the age of 18 years old are now banned from using indoor tanning facilities in New York State.

Governor Cuomo signed the legislation Thursday in an effort to protect additional individuals from the harmful effects of UV exposure.

Under the current law, children 17 years old and over are permitted to using indoor tanning facilities without parental consent, significantly increasing the risk for skin cancer among this population.

"We have long known the dangers of indoor tanning and the devastating health risks that go along with prolonged exposure to ultraviolet rays," Governor Cuomo said. "By further limiting our children from exposing themselves to this health risk, we can stop the spread of preventable disease and help save lives."