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Oakville council passes tanning ban

Oakville council has passed a motion banning tanning beds for those under 18, becoming the first municipality in Ontario to do so.

The bylaw was passed unanimously Monday night.

“We’ve taken a huge step in protecting the kids of Oakville,” Coun. Pam Damoff said.

“This step will start something great and it will get greater once the province…supports this private members’ bill,” Coun. Ralph Robinson added.

However, the ban had one salon owner fuming.

“What you’ve got is town council sitting down at the dinner table, making decisions for the parents,” Steve Williams said.

Similar legislation already exists in several provinces including Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and Quebec. Several countries, including France, the United Kingdom and Australia, also have restrictions for youths.

The bylaw comes into effect as Ontario considers similar province-wide measures.

Earlier this year, Nickel Belt MPP France Gelinas introduced a private-member’s bill calling for a ban on indoor tanning for those under 18 because of health concerns.

The Ontario government may introduce a sweeping ban when the legislature resumes this fall.

Last year, an estimated 5,500 Canadians were diagnosed with melanoma and about 950 were expected to die from the disease. More than 74,000 were told they had other types of skin cancer.

With files from The Canadian Press