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Indoor tanning

Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer, but it’s also one of the most preventable. Exposure to UV rays – whether from the sun’s rays, tanning beds or sun lamps – increases the risk for non-melanoma and melanoma skin cancers. There is no safe way to get a tan. To reduce your risk of getting skin cancer, do not use artificial tanning equipment such as tanning beds or sun lamps.

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  • Our position

    The Society is committed to protecting Canadians from the harms of indoor tanning.

    • People under the age of 18 must not be allowed by law to use indoor tanning equipment.
    • Indoor tanning advertising aimed at people under the age of 18 must be banned.
    • Indoor tanning regulations must require UV-emitting devices to be registered, staff to be licensed, and equipment and premises to be inspected regularly.
    • UV-emitting devices must be labelled in a way that clearly explains the health risks.
    • The indoor tanning industry must stop using misleading phrases such as safe, no harmful rays, no adverse effects or similar wording.
  • Indoor tanning legislation in Alberta

    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 


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