Quebec becomes latest province to ban teens from tanning beds
A tanning bed is seen in North Vancouver, B.C., in this 2012 file photo. (Jonathan Hayward / THE CANADIAN PRESS)
The Canadian Press
Published Sunday, February 10, 2013 2:27PM EST
MONTREAL -- Quebec is set to become the latest province to ban the use of tanning beds for people under the age of 18.
The legislation, designed to protect young people from skin cancer, takes effect Monday.
Research by the International Agency for Research on Cancer shows that using indoor tanning equipment before age 35 significantly increases the risk of developing melanoma skin cancer.
British Columbia and Ontario are planning similar legislation, while Manitoba requires written parental consent before people under 18 can use a tanning bed.
Nova Scotia already bans people under 19 from using tanning beds.
France, Germany and Australia have also banned young people from using tanning beds.