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Sun Safety

The New Skin Cancer Prevention Act Now In Force

Ontario is protecting young people from skin cancer through a new law that bans the use of tanning beds by youth under the age of 18. The Skin Cancer Prevention Act came into place May 1, 2014.

This new legislation protects young people under 18, who are especially vulnerable to the harmful effects of ultraviolet (UV) radiation, from skin cancer, by not allowing them to use tanning beds. It also prohibits the sale, advertising and marketing of tanning bed services to those under 18.

The act requires tanning bed operators to also post signs in their businesses about the new restriction. These signs must include warnings about the dangers associated with tanning bed use.

Operators will also be required to ask for proof of age identification.

The health department will work with local operators of tanning bed services to ensure all operators are aware of the legislation and understand their role in compliance with the act.

 

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