Statement from the Joint Canadian Tanning Association: Ontario's tanning professionals act responsibly

    KELOWNA, BC, Oct. 7 /CNW/ - Members of the Joint Canadian Tanning
Association (JCTA) are saddened by the callous hit and run tactics used today
by the Ontario branch of the Canadian Cancer Society to damage the tanning
industry's ongoing efforts to educate the public about tanning.
    The JCTA strongly disputes the credibility of damaging allegations that
consumers are not being asked their ages or informed about health safety
guidelines before they can tan at a professional tanning salon.
    "The reality is that not one of the people employed by a youth marketing
agency on behalf of the cancer society, actually stayed for a tanning session.
If they had, they would have been asked to complete a client card which asks a
person's age and skin type. They would have received professional direction
and guidance from the salon," said JCTA Executive Director Steve Gilroy.
    "Canada's indoor tanning industry welcomes every opportunity to discuss
any concerns about its business practices. However, it's extremely regrettable
that after 12 years of trying to meet with the Canadian Cancer Society, it has
ignored every attempt to openly discuss the issue with the industry. The
covert actions taken to call for legislative controls on a responsible
industry is regrettable," Gilroy added.
    Indoor tanning facilities are at the forefront in teaching teenagers
outdoor sunburn prevention, including the proper use of sunscreens to prevent
sunburn outdoors. Research shows the potential risks from tanning are from
overexposure or sunburning, not moderate tanning.
    More than 80 per cent of tanning facilities in Ontario have formally
trained operators on duty. Insurance carriers require their covered businesses
to complete formal training. Part of this training includes teaching outdoor
sunburn prevention to teenagers and their parents. If this ban is enacted,
teenagers will be denied access to this service and sunburn incidence will
    There is no data to suggest that tanning is more dangerous for any
specific age group. Photobiology and epidemiology - if analyzed correctly -
all suggest that burning (not tanning) at an early age could increase risk
later in life.
    Because the JCTA favours constructive solutions that are in the best
interest of public health, the professional indoor tanning community supports
the parental consent for anyone under 16 who wish to tan in salons. We support
constructive efforts to bolster enforcement of this standard.

    About the JCTA

    The Joint Canadian Tanning Association (JCTA) is a national non-profit
organization created to increase understanding of the professional tanning
industry's scientifically supported position that regular moderate ultraviolet
exposure from sunshine or sunbeds in a non-burning fashion is part of a
responsible lifestyle that recognizes both the inherent benefits and the
manageable risks associated with ultraviolet light exposure.

For further information:

For further information: Steve Gilroy, ATP, Executive Director, T: (800)
915-0367, C: (250) 863-8765,

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