Most teens now will need their parents’ permission before using a tanning facility, 16-year-olds can donate blood, and Internet pharmacies face stricter regulations.
It’s been estimated that about 1,500 more teens across the state will be able to donate blood because of House Bill 150, which Gov. Haley Barbour signed into law on April 17.
Those additional donors could mean as many as 2,000 to 5,000 lives saved, said Tony Bahou, spokesman for Mississippi Blood Services in Jackson.
“It will have a great impact on the blood supply in the state,” Bahou said.
The 16-year-olds still have to meet the overall requirements for blood donation, including a minimum weight of 110 pounds. There also are pre-donation restrictions related to foreign travel, diet and liquid intake.