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Ontario Taking Action to Help Protect Youth from Cancer

New Ontario Government Introducing Ban on Tanning Beds for Youth Under 18

The new Ontario government is taking action to help prevent skin cancer among young people by proposing legislation to ban those under 18 from using tanning beds.

The legislation, to be introduced later today, would, if passed:

  • Prohibit the sale of tanning services to youth under 18
  • Require tanning bed operators to request identification from anyone who appears under 25
  • Ban advertising and marketing of tanning services targeted at youth under 18  
  • Require tanning bed operators to post signs about the ban and the health risks associated with the use of tanning beds
  • Set fines for tanning bed operators who fail to comply with the legislation
  • Authorize inspectors to inspect and enforce these requirements

Protecting young people from harmful ultraviolet radiation supports the new Ontario government's commitment to keep the province healthy and is part of Ontario's Action Plan for Health Care.   

Read what the World Health Organization says about the risk of cancer from tanning beds.

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