Canada’s 10 provinces ban youth from indoor tanning

By Danielle Paterson, Executive Director, David Cornfield Melanoma Fund
Indoor tanning ban final

Today is a momentous day for Canada’s youth. As of November 1, 2015, Canada’s 10 provinces will have regulations banning youth from indoor tanning.

Congratulations to each provincial government for their leadership and to all the health organizations and committed citizens who worked so hard to encourage the adoption of youth tanning bans. This is a remarkable and important achievement.

Skin cancer is Canada’s most common cancer and melanoma, the deadliest skin cancer, is increasing. There is no doubt that indoor tanning (a class 1 carcinogen) has contributed to these grave statistics.

Indoor tanning is dangerous for people of all ages but is particularly dangerous for youth. Banning indoor tanning for youth is an important step to reduce the risk of all skin cancers in Canada.

We are proud that Canada’s provinces (as well as the Northwest Territories) have committed to protect their youth from the dangers of indoor tanning.

We look forward to the day that, along with Brazil and Australia, we can celebrate the banning of indoor tanning for Canadians of all ages.

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