KELOWNA, BC, Feb. 2, 2012 /CNW/ - The Joint Canadian Tanning Association
today urged Canadian sunbed operators and employees to limit claims
being made about the benefits of indoor sunbathing.
"Many tanning salon owners and employees are passionate about stating
their opinions when it comes to the potential benefits of UV light.
However, they should not overstate these benefits when promoting sunbed
use," said Doug McNabb, JCTA President. He noted that commentary on the
benefits of vitamin D is best left up to qualified professionals. "The
association supports communicating that sunbathing equipment which
emits UVB light will produce vitamin D but we feel strongly against
salon owner and operators making claims beyond that."
Steve Gilroy, the Executive Director of the JCTA echoed McNabb's
position and added "The "World Health Organization considers the risk
from tanning equipment to be the same as sunlight and thus the same
precautions should be taken. Avoid sun burning and overexposure."
Gilroy emphasizes that those seeking a tan should visit a sunbed
facility with trained and certified staff and that belongs to an
industry association. A skin type analysis should always be performed
and Skin Type 1's, those with red hair and blue eyes (always sunburn,
never tan), should not tan indoors or outdoors. World Health
Organization data confirms that the majority of risk from UV Exposure
is for those with a Skin Type of 1.
SOURCE Joint Canadian Tanning Association
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