HELP PROTECT SASKATCHEWAN YOUTH FROM THE DANGERS OF INDOOR TANNING

Provincial Policy Position: The Canadian Cancer Society recommends that the provincial government restrict youth under the age of 18 from using indoor tanning equipment.

There is no safe way to get a tan and indoor tanning has been declared a known carcinogen that causes cancer. Indoor tanning increases your risk of the most serious type of skin cancer, melanoma, by 59% when used before the age of 35.

All parties should make a commitment to pass legislation ensuring youth are protected against he harmful and unnecessary risks of indoor tanning. Learn more.

 

 

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WE, the undersigned residents of Saskatchewan, wish to bring to the attention of the Legislative Assembly of Saskatchewan the following:

  • In 2009, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) classified tanning beds alongside cigarettes and asbestos in the category of the highest risk for developing cancer in humans.
  • Among 15 to 29 year olds, melanoma represents 11% of new cancer cases and women in the same age group represent 70% of tanning bed users.
  • Numerous studies show that exposure to UV rays from indoor tanning equipment before the age of 35 increases the risk of developing a melanoma, the most severe and deadly type of skin cancer, by 59%.
  • Several jurisdictions including Newfoundland & Labrador, Nova Scotia, PEI, New Brunswick, Quebec, British Columbia, several countries (including Brazil, France, Belgium, Germany, Scotland, Spain, and Portugal), Australian states (including New South Wales, Victoria, Queensland, Western Australia) and U.S. states (including Texas, California, Nevada, Oregon) have implemented laws banning the use of indoor tanning equipment by youth. Ontario announced that it will move to ban tanning bed use under the age of 18.
  • The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends prohibiting the sale of tanning services to people below 18 years of age.

Therefore, we the petitioners respectfully request the Legislative Assembly of Saskatchewan to:

Prohibit the sale of indoor tanning services to minors, establish a register of all establishments that provide such services and institute measures to restrict the marketing practices of indoor tanning salons that target the young.

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Meet Jenna Gaube

My name is Jenna Gaube and I am passionate about advocating for the cause of indoor tanning for many reasons. I do not feel that the tanning institutions and the government have done a good enough job of explaining the risks of tanning, especially to our youth. Most young girls are concerned with looking good and assume that if tanning was really bad for them, there would be disclaimers, or warnings to emphasize these dangers, like there is for smoking.

I was one of those young girls who thought that way, the last thing I was going to do when I was in high school was research the negative effects of tanning. My parents told me that using indoor tanning equipment was harmful to me but I did it anyway, believing that if it was “that bad” there would be stronger warnings. Now I know tanning in a tanning bed is as dangerous to my health as smoking, and that laying in the sun and using tanning beds greatly increases your chances of skin cancer and premature aging.

Bylaws should protect people by requiring tanning salons to advertise the negative effects as well as the “positive” benefits of indoor tanning.

I will continue to spread my knowledge of indoor tanning dangers to my friends, family and the younger generation. My mission will be to remind people that you can achieve a healthy glow much more safely by using sunless tanning lotions or getting a spray tan.

 

 


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