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Groundbreaking new tanning bed legislation--a first for Canada

Nova Scotia has become the first province in Canada to ban people under 19 years of age from using tanning beds.

"Excessive exposure to UV rays over the long-term can have negative health effects," said Maureen MacDonald, Minister of Health Promotion and Protection. "Restricting access to tanning beds to those under 19 years of age is a preventative approach to protect the health and safety of our youth."

The legislation, which was passed as 2010 came to a close, is an important step in ensuring young people are protected from the harmful – and cancer-causing – UV rays associated with tanning beds. “They are simply not safe,” says Dr. Robert Strang, Nova Scotia’s Chief Public Health Officer.


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