Effective January 1, 2018, the Skin Cancer Prevention Act came into effect in Alberta. This law bans minors (under 18) from accessing artificial tanning equipment and prohibits businesses from marketing indoor tanning to minors. The law requires businesses to post signage about the dangers of indoor tanning, and is the first law in the world to require graphical health warnings next to indoor tanning equipment.
Thank you to all our partners and supporters for helping to advocate for this policy! While it is a significant achievement that should help protect Alberta youth and prevent future cases of skin cancer, there is still more that the Government of Alberta could do through this new law to better protect Albertans including:
- Establishing a licensing system for the indoor tanning industry
- Banning minors from selling indoor tanning services
- Prohibiting false and misleading health claims in indoor tanning advertising
- Mandating health warnings in indoor tanning advertising