TORONTO, Oct. 9, 2013 /CNW/ - Canadian Cancer Society volunteers and
staff are celebrating the passing of legislation that will prohibit
youth under 18 from accessing tanning beds in Ontario.
Bill 30 underwent third reading yesterday and was passed as the Skin Cancer Prevention Act in the Ontario Legislature today.
"I'm happy that we finally have legislation that will protect youth from
skin cancer," says Kate Neale, 23, a melanoma cancer survivor and
Society volunteer. The Belleville native worked at a tanning salon and
used indoor tanning extensively as a young teen. Kate was in the
Legislature today to watch history in the making.
"When I was diagnosed with melanoma, I wanted to stop every young person
from indoor tanning. I joined the Canadian Cancer Society and the
#tanbedban movement to advocate for legislation banning indoor tanning
for youth because it was my hope to make a difference. That hope has
become reality," Neale says.
The Society has been placing the issue of indoor tanning and youth on
the political agenda since 2005. That year, Society volunteers met with
MPPs at Queen's Park to inform them about the dangers associated with
indoor tanning, particularly for youth, and to push for provincial
indoor tanning legislation in Ontario. Since then, volunteers have been
back at Queen's Park, met with MPPs, participated in numerous
letter-writing campaigns as well as made deputations at municipal
council meetings, successfully helping to pass three indoor tanning
bylaws across the province.
"Today a clear message has been sent that indoor tanning is not safe and
we know that it causes skin cancer. For more than seven years, we've
mobilized volunteers, donors and staff to fight for a ban on indoor
tanning for youth in Ontario," says Martin Kabat, CEO, Canadian Cancer
Society, Ontario Division. "We applaud all three political parties who
have worked together to pass this historic provincial legislation."
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Image with caption: "At Queen's Park after the passing of the Skin Cancer Prevention Act, (l-r) Ralph Neale (Kate's father), Canadian Cancer Society volunteer Kate Neale, Health Minister Deb Matthews, Diana Neale (Kate's mother), and Trish Martin (Kate's aunt). (CNW Group/Canadian Cancer Society (Ontario Division))". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20131009_C8605_PHOTO_EN_31895.jpg
Image with caption: "Canadian Cancer Society staff members Florentina G. Stancu-Soare (left) and Joanne Di Nardo (right) stand with volunteer Kate Neale and Health Minister Deb Matthews. (CNW Group/Canadian Cancer Society (Ontario Division))". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20131009_C8605_PHOTO_EN_31896.jpg
SOURCE: Canadian Cancer Society (Ontario Division)
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