Feds move to toughen tanning bed labels

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Jessica Murphy, Parliamentary Bureau

, Last Updated: 4:56 PM ET

OTTAWA - Tanning beds will soon carry stronger warnings linking their use to skin cancer - and cautions they shouldn't be used by teens.

On Sunday, Health Minister Leona Aglukkaq announced proposed new labelling laws for tanning beds.

By the end of the year, the devices will have to carry a warning that reads: "Tanning equipment can cause cancer. Not recommended for use by those under 18 years of age. "

The labels will also warn the indoor tanning beds can cause skin and eye burns and have an increasingly harmful effect when used over a period of time.

Current labels warn sunbeds emit UV radiation and note long-term use can cause cancer and premature aging.

The proposed new rules by the federal government to ramp up the health warning comes as a host of provinces and municipalities move to a total ban on minors from using tanning beds.

 


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