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NJ Lawmakers Move Toward Ban On Cosmetic Botox For Minors

TRENTON, N.J. (CBS) - A New Jersey Assembly committee has approved a measure that would severely restrict the use of Botox by minors.

The bill would require that doctors deem the use of the toxin "medically necessary," and prove it, before administering it to anyone under 18.

The state Assembly Health and Senior Citizens Committee voted 10-1 to take the idea to the entire body for a vote.

Co-sponsor Cleopatra Tucker, a North Jersey Democrat, proposed the idea three months ago, but given the recent case of a California mother who injected Botox into her own daughter's face (see related story), Tucker says this bill needed to move quickly.

"For someone to submit their young children to Botox injections without it being a medical reason, I think it's very wrong," she told KYW Newsradio, "and we should try to get a control on it before we have a California situation here in the state of New Jersey."

[Editor's Note:  On May 20th, the California woman who made the claim of injecting her own daughter with Botox said she had been paid by a UK company to make up the story.]

A state administrative panel that governs dentists banned Botox use on minors by dentists back in March.

Reported by David Madden, KYW Newsradio 1060

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