MONTREAL, May 15, 2012 /CNW Telbec/ - The Canadian Cancer Society (CCS)
- Quebec Division would like to congratulate Quebec's Health Minister,
Dr. Yves Bolduc, for his leadership and the Quebec government for its
decision to ban the sale of tanning services to youths aged under 18
years. Following Nova Scotia and British Columbia, Quebec is the third
province to introduce this type of legislation.
"There is no doubt that artificial tanning is a health hazard at any
age, but it is especially important to protect young people from a
potential deadly disease. The measures announced this morning will
contribute to reducing the increasing number of skin cancer cases,"
states Suzanne Dubois, Executive Director of the Canadian Cancer
Society - Quebec Division. Skin cancer is the most common cancer in
Quebec (ranging from 22,000 to 35,000 cases per year according to
In February, the CCS and its partners, dermatologists and the Institut national de santé publique (INSPQ), testified before the Committee on Health and Social Services
(CSSS). On that occasion, the CCS submitted signatures from 60,000
people in Quebec collected in 2011 and letters of support from 65
groups representing more than 600 organizations. The CSSS has since
recognized the need for a legislation to ban the sale of tanning
services to youths and underscored the lack of regulatory requirements
in the industry.
The CCS is also pleased that the bill calls for the obligation to
declare any sale of tannings services to the enterprise registrar, the
hiring of dedicated inspectors and the general ban of all kinds of
direct advertising or not dedicated to minors. There are over 1,000
active tanning salons in Quebec, and many are found in unusual places:
travel agencies, video clubs, convenience stores, and laundromats.
"Not to legislate was not a viable option any more and was becoming
increasingly harmful for public health. We now ask that the law be
quickly adopted before the summer recess," adds Ms Dubois.
Spring marks the return in force of misleading advertising and
promotional campaigns for artificial tanning salons in Publisac
distribution bags, high-school newspapers, and graduation albums.
Discount coupons and low-price tanning specials are also traditional
spring offers. Consequently, the CCS believes that the timing of the
bill on artificial tanning is perfect.
However, the CCS would have liked the bill to require tanning salons to
obtain a paid permit: "Some services naturally require permits. Just
think of the permit needed to sell alcohol here or the permit needed to
sell tobacco in other provinces," states Mélanie Champagne,
Coordinator, Public Issues, CCS - Quebec Division. As a follow-up
measure, the CCS also recommends a 10% on the purchase of tanning
sessions, as in the United States. Not only would such a tax fund
prevention campaigns and research on skin cancer, but it would also
eliminate the practice of offering artificial tanning sessions for
Facts on artificial tanning
Three quarters of melanoma cases among artificial tanning fans aged 18
to 29 can be attributed to the use of tanning beds; exposure to
artificial tanning before the age of 35 years increases the risk of
developing a melanoma by 75%.
Tanning-bed rays are 5 to 15 times stronger than the midday sun.
Nearly 250,000 youths (16%) in Quebec population aged 15 to 29 use
artificial tanning services 11 times a year, on average, including
160,000 females (22%) and 90,000 males (11.5%).
The use of tanning beds by young girls increases with age, more than
doubling from age 14 to 15 (rising from 7% to 15%) and more doubling
again at age 17 (to 35%).
Over a quarter of artificial tanning fans develop tanorexia (tanning addiction) as they become obsessed with tanning.
Skin-cancer treatment is not simple and benign: it involves scarring
surgery, various treatments, pain, convalescence, and major changes in
sun-exposure habits (FPS 60 daily required protection, year-round).
The Canadian Cancer Society fights the disease by doing all it can to
prevent cancer, save lives, and support people living with the disease.
To learn more about cancer, visit our web site at cancer.ca or call our free and bilingual Cancer Information Service at
1 888 939-3333.
SOURCE CANADIAN CANCER SOCIETY, QUEBEC DIVISION
For further information:
André Beaulieu, Senior Advisor, Public Relations, CCS - Quebec Division
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