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BRAMPTON (Ontario, Canada) GUARDIAN: Candidates asked to ban indoor tanning.
September 27, 2011
Society wants a ban on indoor tanning
The Canadian Cancer Society, Ontario Division, wants candidates in the upcoming provincial election to address issues affecting Ontarians with cancer or those at risk.
In its recently crafted 2011 election policy recommendations, Canadian Cancer Society, is calling upon all potential MPPs to urge the government to ban indoor tanning for children and youth.
In the late 1990s, Chris Bresett, a bodybuilder frequented tanning salons three to four times a week. Doctors who recently diagnosed Bresett with terminal melanoma said the disease was likely the result of his use of indoor tanning.
Even though many bodybuilders now-a-days now use fake spray or cream tans, a large number of them as well as teenagers and young people still use tanning beds.
“Tanning beds are just not worth the risk to your life and Ontarians should speak to their local politicians,” said Bresett’s wife Shelley.
Experts said indoor tanning equipment can emit ultraviolet radiation at levels that are five times stronger than the mid-day summer sun.
“Tanning beds have been classified as a human carcinogen by the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer, yet the industry continues to promote them to young people,” said Joanne Di Nardo, senior manager of public issues for the Ontario division of the Canadian
Cancer Society. “It’s important for Ontarians to know some of the things they should be asking political candidates.”
The Canadian Cancer Society wants Ontario voters to rally about issues such as: Prohibit youth under the age of 18 from using indoor tanning equipment; Restrict indoor tanning promotions and marketing targeted to youth; Maintain a registry or licensing system of indoor tanning equipment in Ontario with fees put towards enforcement; Introduce mandatory, comprehensive, Ontario-specific training for staff operating indoor tanning equipment; Ensure the health risks associated with UVR emitting devices are displayed prominently and in clear view of clients at all indoor tanning facilities.
Canadian Cancer Society is also calling for; better product labelling, a registry of buildings containing asbestos and ensuring there’s access to life-saving drugs through the development of a national catastrophic drug insurance program. Such a program, officials said would ensure there’s a consistent and coordinated approach to coverage across Canada.
For more information visit www.cancer.ca.