"When the last legislation was implemented it was never supported by Canadian Cancer Society or Canadian Paediatric Society (CPS). Both of those organizations recommend a full ban," she said.

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Other provinces have outright bans; Manitoba only differs in that parents have the ability to allow their children to use tanning beds.

"This is why the JCTA advocates for regulations that include a trained and industry certified operator controlling the (exposure) and a ban on self serve equipment and Skin Type 1 (the most susceptible to damage)," he said. New legislation will also require warnging signs at tanning salons.

Gilroy said that trained operators controlling the equipment could lower the risk considerably.

Cooney explained that the full ban is better because UV damage done earlier in life increases the risk of developing melanoma. "The earlier you start, the more damage is done," she said, citing a CPS study.

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The World Health Organization has classified the UV rays associated with indoor tanning as a Class 1 physical carcinogen.

Under the current rules in Manitoba, parents can read a fact sheet at a salon and sign for permission.

"We take this issue very seriously," she said. "I'm a mom with teenage daughters, and it's not something I want them to do."

Leaving the decision to parents makes sense to Joint Canadian Tanning Association executive director Steven Gilroy. He believes Dr. Cooney's research omits new findings, and that Manitoba's current legislation is acceptable.

But the impact takes years to appreciate given the long latency period of cancer, according to the CPS, which also found tanning parlours have sought to "establish and maintain a client base among teenagers."

Cooney explained that the full ban is better because UV damage done earlier in life increases the risk of developing melanoma. "The earlier you start, the more damage is done," she said, citing a CPS study.

Health Minister Erin Selby said that there is no plan to bring in further legislation, but that the government is willing to consider doing more to reduce the risk of cancer among youth.

"I don't know how much more you can do other than ban everything, because just about everything in this world is cancerous and it depends on the dosage. That's why a trained operator is so key."

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