Bill to ban Tanning Beds for minors in Ontario passes
A bill that would ban minors from using tanning beds has passed unanimously in the Ontario legislature.
Once enacted, it will stop the sale of tanning services to those under the age of 18 and require operators to request identification from anyone who appears to be under 25.
The legislation also prohibits ads and marketing of tanning services that target minors and sets steep fines of up to $25,000 for those who break the rules.
Operators will be required to put up signs about the ban and the health risks of tanning.
The only exceptions will be medically proven light therapies, such as UVB therapy for vitiligo, which causes depigmentation of the skin.
Quebec, British Columbia, Manitoba, Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia and Newfoundland and Labrador have all either introduced or enacted legislation restricting the use of tanning beds by youths.