OTTAWA, Oct. 10, 2013 /CNW/ - Third time's the charm for the Ontario
tanning legislation and the Canadian Dermatology Association couldn't
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
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 CDA's 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.
The Canadian Dermatology Association, founded in 1925, represents
Canadian dermatologists. The association strives to provide easy access
to the largest, most reliable source of medical knowledge on
dermatology. CDA exists to advance the science and art of medicine and
surgery related to the care of the skin, hair and nails; provide
continuing professional development for its members; support and
advance patient care; provide public education on sun protection and
other aspects of skin health; and promote a lifetime of healthier skin,
hair and nails. By doing so, CDA informs and empowers both medical
professionals and the Canadian public.
To learn more about what the work CDA does visit www.dermatology.ca or join the conversation on Twitter.com/CdnDermatology or Facebook.com/CdnDermatology.
[Government of Quebec Release]
**UPDATE / MISE À JOUR**
The Province of New Brunswick passed the Artificial Tanning Act in June
of this year replacing the previous voluntary guidelines. A copy of the
act can be found here: http://laws.gnb.ca/en/ShowPdf/cs/2013-c.21.pdf
Banning access to tanning beds to persons under 19
Prohibiting advertising that promotes artificial tanning if
Is directed at persons under the age of 19
It makes false or misleading claims about health effects from tanning
including advertising that includes the following statements:
That artificial tanning is beneficial to a person's health
That artificial tanning is a means of obtaining vitamin D
That artificial tanning is a means of obtaining a base tan
SOURCE: Canadian Dermatology Association
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