The provincial government is cracking down on skin cancer by banning youth (under 18) from artificial tanning.
That's not the only new rule, indoor tanning salons will have to prominently display health warnings.
It's part of the government's plan to take action on what they say is "clear evidence" linking artificial tanning with skin cancer.
"To get a tan is to get damaged skin and there is no safe way of getting a tan, whether indoors or outdoors," said Dalia El Sayed, owner of AbEX Pharmacy in Fort Saskatchewan. "Tanning beds and any UV immitants, those have been classified as carcinogens by the Canadian Cancer Society and the World Health Organization."
Beginning January 1, 2018, businesses offering artificial tanning services cannot provide or advertise their services to minors. They also can't have unsupervised self-service equipment in public places.
“Research has shown that using artificial tanning when you are under 35 dramatically increases your risk for melanoma," said Alberta's minister of Health, Sarah Hoffman. "The changes we’re making will help protect our youth from a disease that affects hundreds of Albertans every year and gives Albertans better information about the risks of artificial tanning.”
Skin cancer is the most common cancer in Alberta and accounts for more than one-third of all new cancer cases.
UV radiation exposure accounts for about 82 per cent of melanoma, which is the deadliest form of skin cancer. Artificial tanning before 35 increases the risk of melanoma by a whopping 59 per cent.