Tanning regulations come into force Friday

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Starting Friday, you’ll have to be 19-years-old to go to a tanning salon, as key provisions of the Personal Services Act come into force.

Health Minister Susan Sullivan. Telegram file photo.

The age restrictions for tattoo, piercing and tanning services will be the first thing to come into force. According to a Newfoundland government news release, the Department of Health is still drawing up standards and regulations when it comes to infection control practices for tattoo and piercing shops.

“The Personal Services Act was created to help protect public health, clients and the employees working in personal services industries that provide tattoos, piercings, body modifications and tanning,” Health Minister Susan Sullivan said in the news release. “As we phase in the new regulations, one of our initial goals is to prevent young people from being exposed to the harmful effects of ultraviolet radiation from tanning devices, which is associated with an increased risk of melanoma. Our government shows leadership in the fight against cancer and our primary focus remains on the health of the public.”

The Canadian Cancer Society applauded the move.

Organizations: Department of Health, Personal Services, Canadian Cancer Society

Geographic location: Newfoundland

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  • Misunderstood
    January 29, 2014 - 13:16

    U can't regulate the sun! If they don't use tanning beds in well regulated fashion, they will just bake in the sun for endless hours without sunscreen or better yet,,. They will apply baby oil or butter to increase there chances of getting that amazing Tan!!!!:P

  • Angela
    January 29, 2014 - 12:05

    I have to disagree with the ban, my 14 year old daughter suffers from severe depression and high anxiety. During the winter months, tanning beds are great for her as it is proven that sunlamps increase the endorphins and thus bringing her depression up just a little bit. As a consenting parent, it is not like she is going to tan everyday for the rest of her life, a couple of sessions a week during winter really makes a big difference to the winter blahs that we all get, so imagine how it feels to someone who is constantly living in darkness, a bit of light at the end of her long dark tunnel, if it does something to ease her pain just a little bit, then I am good with that.

  • Angela
    January 29, 2014 - 12:03

    I have to disagree with the ban, my 14 year old daughter suffers from severe depression and high anxiety. During the winter months, tanning beds are great for her as it is proven that sunlamps increase the endorphins and thus bringing her depression up just a little bit. As a consenting parent, it is not like she is going to tan everyday for the rest of her life, a couple of sessions a week during winter really makes a big difference to the winter blahs that we all get, so imagine how it feels to someone who is constantly living in darkness, a bit of light at the end of her long dark tunnel, if it does something to ease her pain just a little bit, then I am good with that.

  • Jay
    January 29, 2014 - 06:51

    Way too much hate and hostility out there. This is effective legislation which many young people will be happy for in years to come. Yes, the Liberals could have done this years ago, but probably had their hands full working on their constituency allowances. . By the way, are we supposed to shut everything until we find a cure for cancer.

  • Nicole
    January 28, 2014 - 19:52

    I applaud the government on taking this step!! Way to go. It's about time really.

  • MelanomaSurvivor
    January 28, 2014 - 19:18

    I was shocked to be diagnosed with melanoma. In Newfoundland?!?! Turns out there are hundreds of us every year. This ban makes it illegal to tan under 19, which sends an important message that my generation never got. #safeintheshade

  • Your name
    January 28, 2014 - 14:37

    Lol plot twist.. They'd rather people doing drugs then tanning.. Tut tut

  • Ev
    January 28, 2014 - 13:57

    another smoke screen avoiding the real issues with today's youth...so sad...Sullivan is all washed up.

  • david
    January 28, 2014 - 13:12

    Hundreds of melanoma preventions too little, and four decades too late....your government's timely efficacy on full display.

  • Better standards??
    January 28, 2014 - 12:19

    Govt pretending to care about our kids under 19 & worrying about them getting a tattoo or getting a tan by coming up with "better standards" & regulations . I would rather see the Govt standards being more worried about those same teens who are always doing the crime & not paying for the time. Don't make sense to me :(

    • Me
      January 28, 2014 - 12:47

      Couldn't agree more!! There are much BIGGER issues than a teen wanting a tan for Pete's sake!! How about focus on the drug problem here in this city? Or how about forcing able bodied welfare recipients to get off their lazy a**es and go to work!!! Sickening!!