Six Down, Four To Go! Dermatologists Happy to Welcome Ontario Tanning Ban
October 10, 2013
OTTAWA, Ont. Third times the charm for the Ontario tanning legislation and the Canadian Dermatology Association couldnt be happier with the news.
The Skin Cancer Prevention Act, which passed its final hurdle and will become law, bans the use of tanning equipment, such as tanning beds by youth under the age of 18. The new legislation will also prohibit the advertising or marketing of such services to youth.
This is great news and an important step to protecting the health and well-being of our kids says Dr Richard Langley, CDA President. We applaud Health Minister Deb Matthews and the Ontario government for recognizing the importance of this legislation and making it a priority.
The Canadian Dermatology Association is actively pushing all governments to adopt similar bans. A component of the campaign has been an award winning public service video [Indoor Tanning Isn't Pretty] that has been viewed on YouTube over 48,000 times.
There is no such thing as a "healthy tan" warns Langley. "Not only can the radiation from indoor tanning beds give you a tan, it also causes premature aging and it increases a person's risk of developing skin cancer, including melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer."
The Skin Cancer Prevention Act will come into effect once it receives Royal Assent from the Lieutenant Governor later this year.
It is the CDAs hope that Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba will soon pass similar legislation and that New Brunswick will revisit the idea of legislation in place of their current voluntary guidelines. It is imperative action taken now that will protect young people from the dangers of tanning beds and the increased risk of developing skin cancer in the future.For more information contact
Canadian Dermatology Association
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