Help keep youth in Alberta out of tanning beds
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On behalf of our youth in Alberta, I would like to urge you to proclaim and begin active enforcement of the Skin Cancer Prevention Act this summer. Bill 22, the Skin Cancer Prevention (Artificial Tanning) Act passed in 2015 with bipartisan support. It is a strong piece of legislation focused on protecting Alberta kids from the dangers of artificial tanning. The Act should be proclaimed in its entirety without further delay.
As members of the health community in Alberta, we are increasingly concerned about the lack of regulations for the artificial tanning industry. Artificial tanning is known to cause cancer. The latest comprehensive review of scientific evidence shows that individuals who first start using indoor tanning equipment before the age of 35 have a 59% increased risk of melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer.
Alberta is currently the only province that does not protect minors from the dangers of artificial tanning.
Our youth deserve better. They deserve the full protection that the Skin Cancer Prevention Act affords, which includes not only a ban on sales of artificial tanning services to minors but also regulations prohibiting false or misleading health claims in advertising and mandating health warnings on forms and marketing materials. It is also best practice when preventing sales to minors to mandate government issued employee training and prohibit underage employees from selling tanning services.
Please prioritize the completion of comprehensive regulations and proclaim the Skin Cancer Prevention Act this summer. Thank you for your consideration.
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