New by-law toughest in Ontario
TORONTO, Sept. 28, 2012 /CNW/ - Yesterday, the Region of Peel passed the
toughest municipal by-law in the province, banning teens under the age
of 18 from indoor tanning salons and levying heavy fines against salon
operators who do not comply.
The Canadian Cancer Society is pleased that the Region of Peel has taken
action on this important public health issue because the ultraviolet
radiation (UVR) emitted by indoor tanning equipment has been proven to
cause cancer. In July, an expert review of current research published
in the British Medical Journal showed that people who first started
using indoor tanning equipment before the age of 35 have an 87 per cent
increased risk of melanoma skin cancer.
The Canadian Cancer Society and its volunteers have been advocating at
all levels of government for action on this issue for more than six
years. One such volunteer is Mary Jane Hanley of Mississauga who has
met with elected officials and written letters to the editor, all to
bring attention to the issue. Hanley was in attendance in the council
chambers when the region passed the by-law. "Through the years, much
time and effort has been put in to move this important issue forward.
It was exciting to see the by-law passed. I know it will go a long way
to protect the health of young people in Peel Region," says Hanley.
The Region of Peel becomes the second municipality in Ontario, after
Oakville to enact a by-law which restricts youth under the age of 18
from indoor tanning facilities. Earlier this month, Premier Dalton
McGuinty announced plans to adopt NDP Health Critic France Gélinas'
Private Member's bill which aims to ban youth under 18 from using
indoor tanning equipment across the province.
"Peel Region's by-law is another step forward in the fight against skin
cancer and sends a clear message that compliance is mandatory or salon
operators will be fined," says Florentina Stancu-Soare, Public Issues
Senior Coordinator for the Canadian Cancer Society in Ontario. "Peel is
taking a tough stance against an industry which is in dire need of
regulation," Stancu-Soare adds.
The Region of Peel intends to fine salon operators $10,000 for the first
offence and $25,000 for subsequent offences. Enforcement will be done
through municipal enforcement officers, or public health inspectors
acting under the direction of the Region's Medical Officer of Health.
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SOURCE: Canadian Cancer Society (Ontario Division)
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