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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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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