Indoor Tanning Beds Banned for Quebec’s Youth

by anthony guerriero on February 10, 2013 - 9:56pm

On February 10th2013, an article by the Montreal Gazette’s Canadian Press states that Quebec is to become one of the first provinces to ban the usage of tanning beds for people under the age of 18.

 This legislation will take into effect on Monday, February 11th2013. The rule is designed to protect Quebec’s youth from skin cancer being that the International Agency for Research on Cancer has shows that “using indoor tanning equipment before age 35 significantly increases the risk of developing melanoma skin cancer”.

 Quebec is not the first province to put forth this ban. Nova Scotia has already banned people under the age of 19 from using tanning beds and the province of Manitoba requires a letter with parental consent for people under the age of 18 to use the facilities. Germany, France and Australia have already banned young people from using tanning beds. Ontario and British Columbia are planning a similar legislation.

 I have used a tanning bed in the past however I think it’s a very responsible decision on the province’s part to pass this law. We all know that there is a shortage of doctors here in Quebec and it would be a selfish choice to risk our lives for beauty when someone with a terminal illness needs more help than we do. I have the same view on smoking and I think that we should pass a legislation to prevent our youth from smoking cigarettes by making it illegal to be in possession of a cigarette under the age of 18.