The FDA announced on Friday a proposed ban on the use of tanning beds and sun lamps by people under the age of 18, and the requirement that adults sign strongly worded consent forms on the dangers of tanning bed use every six months.
The Canadian province of Ontario looks as if it will soon ban tanning beds/salons for persons under 18. A Bill proposing a ban is before Ontario's provincial legislature. The province of British Columbia has already enacted a ban last March.
Media reports tell us the way to beauty is by having a glowing tan but that glow can come at a deadly cost. There has been a 75 percent increase of risk for melanoma for those under the age of 35 from using commercial tanning units.
The Canadian Pediatric Society is calling for a ban on tanning bed use for under-18 consumers. Some of the dangers from commercial indoor tanning include premature aging, eye damage and skin cancer; in particular deadly melanoma.
California became the first state in the nation to prohibit minors from using tanning facilities after Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation that raised the minimum age from fourteen to eighteen for those using ultraviolet tanning devices.
In a move to protect young people from the harmful effects of tanning beds, the Nova Scotia government has introduced legislation that will ban people under 19 years of age, from being exposed to the beds' UV rays.