The era of fake and bake is over for anyone under 18 in BC.
New rules went into effect on Monday banning minors from using tanning beds.
Canadian Cancer Society BC Yukon CEO Barbara Kaminski says she applauds the move, saying young people are at higher risk from tanning beds.
“In fact it’s been indicated through the research that if people use indoor tanning equipment before the age of 35, and particularly when they’re in their teenage and early twenties, the risk of malignant melanoma could increase by as much as 87%.”
However Kaminski does say UV rays can help people with bad skin conditions and says there are exemptions in the law for people who have prescriptions from their doctor.