Nova Scotia Could Ban Teens from Using Tanning Beds

by: cancercompass

Many young girls start using a tanning bed for the first time to get ready for their high school prom. Perfectly tanned skin is something that is coveted, and many young girls are willing to expose themselves to the extra UV radiation to get it.

But those in Nova Scotia may just have to wait. A ban on fake tans for most teenagers is coming next year, says Health Promotion and Protection Minister Maureen MacDonald. According to The Chronicle Herald, MacDonald introduced legislation at Province House on Monday that would prevent anyone under the age of 19 from using tanning beds at businesses around the province.

"Indoor tanning using tanning beds actually exposes the skin to UV radiation 10 to 15 times higher than that of the midday sun," said MacDonald. "By restricting access to tanning beds to youth under age 19, we are protecting their health and well-being in the long term."

According to MacDonald, the risk of skin cancer increases 75 percent in people who use tanning beds before the age of 35.

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