Tanning beds illegal for youth in N.S.

QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 2:42 PM ET

Nova Scotia became the first province in the country on Tuesday to make tanning beds illegal for youth under 19 years old.

"This is about protecting the health and well-being of young Nova Scotians," said Maureen MacDonald, provincial minister of health and wellness, in a statement.

In the fall, inspectors will begin to visit tanning salons and distribute informational materials and door signs.

Under the new Tanning Bed Act, tanning salon owners in violation can be fined up to $10,000 and have their business closed for up to two years.

"Nova Scotia has among the highest incidence rates of cancer, including melanoma, in the country and we need to do all we can to reduce the risk to our youth of developing this disease," said MacDonald.

In January, Victoria, B.C., became the first Canadian city to introduce a bylaw to ban minors under 18 from tanning bed use.

In New Brunswick, regulations do not allow people under 18 years old to indoor tan but the rules are not legislated. The rules also forbid salon owners from advertising health benefits of the electric sun and restrict clients to a tan only once every two days.

Health Canada says children under 16 should not fake tan.

Scotland, France, Germany and Australia already have legislation that restricts indoor tanning among minors.


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