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Tanning bed now banned for minors in my province. WDYT?

Posted by on Oct. 9, 2013 at 11:42 PM
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Well, what do you think?

After years of delays, Ontario passed what is hailed as a “life-saving” teen tan ban Wednesday to cut down on the rising incidence of skin cancer — but it could be months before the law takes effect.

The time lag doesn’t trouble activists from the Canadian Cancer Society and others who are thrilled that MPPs unanimously passed the legislation making it illegal for anyone under 18 to use tanning beds.

“Knowing it will save lives means the world to me,” said Kate Neale, a Belleville-area woman who worked and tanned in a salon in her late teens before developing melanoma and going through a host of treatments.

“I wouldn’t wish this experience on my worst enemy,” added Neale, who was required to “top up” her tan several times a week as a condition of employment and was diagnosed with the potentially deadly cancer two months after quitting at age 20.

Health Minister Deb Matthews said it will take “months” of consultations to develop regulations detailing how the law will be enforced by local health units.

The Skin Cancer Prevention Act will also ban the marketing of tanning services to youth such as “prom specials,” require tanning salons to request identification from anyone who appears under 25, set a maximum $25,000 fine for salons found breaking the law, and mandatory warning signs of the dangers of tanning beds.

“People who go into tanning salons should know what the risks are,” said Matthews, who has noted 20 minutes in a tanning bed is 10 to 12 times more damaging than being exposed to the midday summer sun.

The World Health Organization warns risks of skin cancer increase 75 per cent when people under age 35 use tanning beds.

Neale said teens are particularly susceptible to tanning ads, particularly at prom time and spring break when many want to “pre-tan” before heading south.

“It’s the glamour industry. Girls feel better when they tan. Guys even, too . . . it’s an addiction,” she told reporters.

“Around prom time we used to have a big poster” that featured a tanned prom queen and a “loser” with fair skin in the background, Neale added.

Matthews brushed aside criticisms the Liberal government took too long to bring in the ban pushed by groups like the Canadian Cancer Society and Ontario Medical Association for at least seven years.

It was also proposed by former Liberal MPP Khalil Ramal in 2008 and New Democrat MPP France Gélinas took up the cause with private member’s bills that finally caught the government’s interest.

“Support for it builds,” said Matthews, who called for Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s government to enact a nation-wide ban.

Gélinas (Nickel Belt) said she’s worried the government won’t get the bill into effect before a potential election next spring, which would mean “it’s dead.”

The Canadian Cancer Society said more lives could have been saved if the Liberal government had acted sooner.

“However, politics happens,” said Joanne Di Nardo. “We were along for the ride.”

Similar tanning bans are in effect in Nova Scotia, Quebec, France, Germany and Australia.

by on Oct. 9, 2013 at 11:42 PM
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svolkov
by on Oct. 9, 2013 at 11:44 PM
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Good! I think they should be banned period.
thetrollcat
by on Oct. 9, 2013 at 11:44 PM

i agree, nothing good comes from tanning especially those stupid beds

Quoting svolkov:

Good! I think they should be banned period.


TiffanyRose06
by Queso<3 on Oct. 9, 2013 at 11:45 PM
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I really don't see the point in tanning, especially at that age. Also that one Final Destination movie ruined any chance I had of ever wanting to try it

Anonymous
by Anonymous 1 on Oct. 9, 2013 at 11:45 PM
I never understood why people didn't just go lay out in the sun if they wanted a tan... but i'm black so I don't go tanning
Anonymous
by Anonymous 2 on Oct. 9, 2013 at 11:45 PM
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Skin cancer and resembling a saddle ;)


Quoting thetrollcat:

i agree, nothing good comes from tanning especially those stupid beds

Quoting svolkov:

Good! I think they should be banned period.



tardistraveller
by on Oct. 9, 2013 at 11:45 PM
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I don't like them.  There's a commercial with some kardashian sister saying how everyone knows tanning is more beautiful whatever.

I'm pale, it's how I was born and there is nothing wrong with that.

Women should stop bleaching and tanning their skin and recognise beauty comes in all colours.

Quoting svolkov:

Good! I think they should be banned period.


Mom2RSD
by on Oct. 9, 2013 at 11:46 PM
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I think it's a good idea... tanning beds should be banned in general
Anonymous
by Anonymous 3 on Oct. 9, 2013 at 11:47 PM
I am cool with it. Can't buy cigarettes or alcohol under 18. I can't figure out why people pay to look like a wallet, anyway.
CGM2012
by Gold Member on Oct. 9, 2013 at 11:47 PM
Good. There is no reason for anyone to fake and bake, let alone kids.
Anonymous
by Anonymous 4 on Oct. 9, 2013 at 11:47 PM
Good I wish they would do it here
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