VANCOUVER, Jan. 12, 2012 /CNW/ - With a new poll showing strong public
support for regulations which would prohibit youth under 18 from using
indoor tanning equipment, the Canadian Cancer Society is calling on the
BC government to introduce legislation as soon as possible in order to
protect the health of BC's youth.
"The BC government has the ability to protect youth from a known
carcinogen," says Barbara Kaminsky, CEO, Canadian Cancer Society BC and
Yukon. "The risk to young people is especially concerning - in fact,
any use of indoor tanning equipment before the age of 35 has been found
to increase the risk of the most severe form of skin cancer - melanoma
- by 75%," says Kaminsky.
Findings from the online survey, commissioned by the Canadian Cancer
Society and conducted by Mustel Group Market Research, show that 75% of
British Columbians would support legislation banning indoor tanning for
youth under 18.
"The findings are not surprising," says Kaminsky. "By eliminating
exposure to this known carcinogen at a young age, we can help prevent
Adele Green, co-president of Youth Against Cancer at the University of Victoria could not agree more. "A lot of my
friends in high school chose to tan despite knowing the risks," says
Green. "I hope that by the time my eight-year old sister reaches high
school she will not experience the peer pressure to tan that many young
people face today."
Nakisa Kiai, 18-year old University of BC Student and Tanning is Out Ambassador, supports a ban on indoor tanning and is encouraging youth
to do the same. "I think the youth of BC need to know that bringing an
end to the culture of indoor tanning is ongoing and every person who
chooses not to tan is encouraging others to own their own skin tone."
Tanning salon bans for youth are currently in place in the Capital
Regional District of Vancouver Island, the province of Nova Scotia, the
US state of Maryland and the Countries of Australia, Brazil, England,
France and Scotland.
To facilitate increased public participation, the Society created a
special web-link at cancergameplan.ca where British Columbians can sign a petition calling on the BC
government to protect youth from melanoma by prohibiting indoor tanning
for those under 18.
Additional key findings of poll:
Support was found among all key demographic segments; even users of
tanning equipment tend to support tanning bed legislation
Support for restricting youth from using indoor tanning equipment
increases to 87% when respondents were provided with further
information about the effects of Ultraviolet radiation (UVR) exposure
Among those 15-29 years of age, support increased to 81% when provided
with further information about the effects of UVR exposure
Even those who have used tanning equipment in the past year support the
A complete copy of the online survey is available at cancergameplan.ca .
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