Sarnia Mayor Mike Bradley wants City Council to ask city staff to explore the idea of implementing a municipal bylaw prohibiting anyone under the age of 18 from using an indoor tanning bed.
“There is no safe way to get a tan,” says Helen Cole, Manager, Lambton County Branch, Canadian Cancer Society, in a recent letter to Bradley.
“Melanoma skin cancer is one of the most common forms of cancer for youth between the ages of 15 and 29, and it is the most preventable,” Cole writes
She says indoor tanning beds emit five times more ultra-violet radiation than the strength of the mid-day summer sun.
“The Canadian Cancer Society strongly believes legislation must be put in place to protect our youth.”
Cole wants a bylaw to include a licencing system with fees put toward enforcement, restrictions in marketing that would make it illegal to target youth in adversing campaigns and labels in all tanning facilities clearly indicating the health risks.
If council endorses a bylaw, Cole would also like it circulated to other municipalities in Lambton County and throughout Ontario for their consideration.
Bradley hopes a staff report can be brought back to council by the fall of this year.