OFF THE WIRE: Ban on youth using UV tanning beds kicks in

Provincial regulation banning youth under the age of 18 from ultraviolet (UV) tanning are now in force.

  • Oct. 30, 2012 6:00 a.m.

Changes to a provincial regulation banning youth under the age of 18 from ultraviolet (UV) tanning are now in force to reduce the chances of developing skin cancer later in life.

Effective Oct. 15, 2012, businesses that fail to post the required sign informing the public of the ban, or who violate the ban by unlawfully permitting minors to use their indoor tanning equipment without a prescription, will face a fine of $345 for each offence.

Under the Public Health Act, changes to the provincial regulated activities regulation ban the use of commercial UV indoor tanning beds by youth under the age of 18, unless they have a medical prescription for a condition such as psoriasis that requires ultraviolet light treatment.

Today’s announcement follows the government’s commitment in March to ban youth from indoor tanning.