Many people ring in the New Year with fireworks. Governments the world over use the date to ring in new legislation. In Alberta, one of the new laws that came into effect on Jan. 1 was a ban on tanning for minors.

The law was actually passed in March 2015, by the Progressive Conservatives, but took some time to put in force. A statement by the Alberta Government on Jan. 3 says that the use of UV tanning before the age of 35 increases a person's risk of melanoma by almost 60 per cent.

In Drumheller, Kim Young, an esthetician at Bold Efexx said the new legislation will affect the salon's policies.

"Our policy before was, you have to be 16 and over to go tanning [with parental permission]," explained Young. "But now, with the new law, it's going to be 18 and over."

Before tanning, all customers must sign a waiver, outlining the risks of tanning.

"It's just a waiver saying that, if you get burnt and stuff like that, that you can't come back at us."

Young said that tanning is popular for people of all ages, at all times of the year.

"If they're going on a trip somewhere hot, that they would try and get somewhat of a tan and then they won't burn as bad when they go away on vacation," she explained. "Or, some people just like to tan because they like to stay dark and maintain their tan."

Alberta is the last province in Canada to implement a ban on tanning for minors.

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