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Ontario to table law banning minors from using tanning beds

Tanning beds like this one in Green Bay, Wis., will be off-limits to minors in Ontario under a bill tabled Thursday, March 7, 2013, in the provincial legislature.

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Ontario will be the latest province to table legislation banning minors from using tanning beds.

Health Minister Deb Matthews said she'll introduce a bill on Thursday that would ban the sale of tanning services to people under the age of 18.

It would also require operators to request ID from anyone who appears to be under 25 and set fines for those who break the rules.

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Advertising and marketing of tanning services aimed at those under 18 would also be prohibited.

The minority Liberals will need support from at least one of the opposition parties to pass the bill, which will likely come from the NDP.

The New Democrats have been lobbying for a ban for years, saying it will protect many young people from skin cancer.

British Columbia, Quebec and Nova Scotia all have similar bans, and Ottawa has said it will require warning labels about the risks of skin cancer on all tanning beds.

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