The CCS’s demands
The Canadian Cancer Society (CCS) – Quebec Division pressured MNAs in the National Assembly to ban the sale of artificial tanning services to minors.
The gains made by the CCS
On February 11, 2013, An Act to prevent skin cancer caused by artificial tanning came into force.
This law is a significant gain for the CCS to protect Quebecers from the harmful effects of artificial UV rays. It sends a clear message to the public on the risky nature of tanning. The following are the CCS’s key gains, which are included in the legislation:
- Ban on the sale of artificial tanning services to minors
- Ban on advertising that targets minors and advertising that is misleading
- Warning on the harmful effects of artificial tanning
- Mandatory declaration of the sale of tanning services to the Registraire des entreprises du Québec (REQ)
A look back at an unprecedented mobilization campaign
April and November 2011: The CCS set in motion a major mobilization campaign to show the government that the public wanted new legislation on artificial tanning. The organization travelled all over Quebec to meet elected leaders and the public. In all, the CCS gathered the signatures of 60,000 Quebecers who wanted the regulation of the tanning industry and sent MNAs letters of support from 65 groups representing more than 500 organizations.
February to May 2012: The National Assembly’s Health and Social Services Committee received the CCS, the Association des dermatologistes du Québec, the Institut national de santé publique, and young female melanoma survivors on two occasions to study the issue of artificial tanning.
June 5, 2012: The Quebec National Assembly unanimously passed An Act to prevent skin cancer caused by artificial tanning.
The CCS’s work continues
The CCS wants more. Find out the details by visiting our demands page.