Tanning Salons

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Artificial tanning is very popular these days, but it can be harmful to your health. Especially when you're young, it increases your risk of getting skin cancer. Quebec law limits who can go to tanning salons.  



You can't use a tanning salon if you're under 18

If you go to a tanning salon, you might be asked to show ID to prove you're at least 18 years old.

The owner of a tanning salon can't offer you artificial tanning if you're a minor (under 18). You're not even allowed to go into the room where the tanning equipment is located.  

You can't do these things if you're under 18:
use artificial tanning services offered in a tanning salon
buy artificial tanning services for yourself or someone else
be in a tanning salon roomwhere tanning equipment is located
pretend to be an adult so you can get tanning services or have access to the room where  tanning equipment is located

 If you don't respect these rules, not only are you increasing your risk of cancer, you could be fined.    

Important! These restrictions don't apply to private health facilities or specialized medical centres. If you need special treatment for your skin, your doctor can use ultraviolet (UV) equipment on you, even if you're under 18.  


Did you know?

The sun gives off UV rays. So does the equipment in tanning salons. UV rays cause sunburns, but they also cause:

  • premature aging of the skin,
  • skin cancer,
  • eye problems, and
  • a weakened immune system.  

Using tanning equipment when you're young greatly increases your risk of getting skin cancer.

UV tanning equipment is in the highest risk category for cancer in humans.

Important !
This article explains in a general way the law that applies in Quebec. This article is not a legal opinion or legal advice. To find out the specific rules for your situation, consult a lawyer or notary.