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Protecting Youth: The Skin Cancer Prevention Act

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Protecting Youth: The Skin Cancer Prevention Act

Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care

Ontario is protecting young people from skin cancer through legislation that restricts the use of tanning beds by youth under the age of 18.

Tanning bed operators will be required to register with their local public health units. Public health units will enforce the new rules and work with tanning bed operators to ensure compliance. 

The Skin Cancer Protection Act goes into effect on May 1, 2014, establishing new requirements that include the following:

Banning Marketing to Young People

  • Restricts marketing and advertising targeted to youth under the age of 18 or that is false or misleading.

Sign Requirements

  • Requires a sign to be posted near the entry to any establishment that:

        o     Warns of the dangers associated with tanning bed use.

        o     Advises of the requirement to use protective eyewear.

        o     Advises of the restriction on youth under 18 years old.

  • Requires a sticker to be put on the front door of any tanning bed establishment indicating that anyone under the age of 18 is not allowed to use tanning beds and that anyone under age 25 will be expected to show identification.
  • Requires a sign to be posted in rooms with tanning beds to warn potential users of the dangers associated with tanning bed use and advises of the requirement to use protective eyewear.
  • Requires a sticker to remind employees that individuals under the age of 18 are not allowed to use tanning beds and that they must ask for identification from anyone under the age of 25.

Identification

  • Requires individuals that appear to be younger than 25 years of age to present identification that includes a photo and date of birth (e.g., Ontario driver's license, Canadian passport, photo card from the Liquor Control Board of Ontario).

Eyewear Requirements

  • Requires customers to wear protective eyewear when using tanning beds.
  • Requires tanning bed operators to advise customers about eyewear, provide customers with eyewear for use or sale, and provide instructions on their proper use.

Tanning without an Attendant

  • Requires that tanning bed operators do not allow the use of tanning beds without an attendant (no 'self-tanning'). 

Penalties

  • Sets penalties that are consistent with the Health Protection and Promotion Act, specifically $5,000 for individuals and $25,000 for corporations, for every day or part of a day for which they fail to comply with the law.

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    Communications and Marketing Division-MOHLTC

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  • Shae Greenfield

    Minister's Office

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