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Province Restricts Tanning Bed Use

Young people in Nova Scotia would be better protected from the harmful effects of tanning beds through proposed legislation introduced today, Nov. 22.

The legislation would ban people under 19 years of age, from being exposed to the beds' UV rays.

"We are taking a preventative approach to protect the health and safety of our youth," said Maureen MacDonald, Minister for Health Promotion and Protection. "We know that excessive exposure to UV rays over the long term can have negative health effects, like skin cancer."

The legislation, which will encourage healthy habits among young people, was met with support from physicians and a number of health interest groups.

"Physicians know that tanning beds cause cancer. This is an important step to protecting youth in our province and lowering the prevalence of cancer in our communities," said Dr. Jane Brooks, president of Doctors Nova Scotia. "Preventing disease is the best way to improve our health care system and our patients' lives."

Reducing unnecessary exposure to harmful UV rays is just the first step.

"This legislation is about changing behaviour," said Ms. MacDonald. "This happens to focus on youth, but unnecessary UV exposure can be harmful to everyone."

In the coming months, the department will work with health partners, tanning bed operators and other interest groups to develop regulations for this legislation.

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Young people in Nova Scotia would be better protected from the harmful effects of tanning beds through proposed legislation introduced today, (November 22nd).

The legislation would ban people under 19 years of age, from being exposed to the beds' UV rays.

Maureen MacDonald, Minister of Health Promotion and Protection says the province is taking a preventative approach to protect the health and safety of youth, and that excessive exposure to UV rays can have negative health effects.

The legislation also aims to change behaviour because unnecessary U-V exposure can be harmful to everyone.

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