P.E.I. is banning the use of tanning beds for people under the age of 18.

In December, the government asked the tanning bed industry to police teenage tanning.

However, voluntary guidelines didn't work and not all businesses complied, said Health Minister Doug Currie.

The province finished an audit of 30 tanning salons they found that over half  did not record the ages of their clients.

"We needed 100 per cent compliance, and in the recent audit that was completed, it was dismal at best. As a result we will be bringing in radiation safety regulations which will be banning the use of tanning beds for anyone under the 18 years of age," he said.

The health minister said the government will be working on the regulations over the summer and will then deliver the tanning bed industry a timeline.

The Canadian Cancer Society has been lobbying for this kind of safety legislation.

The organization said the rate of skin cancer is 40 per cent higher on P.E.I. than anywhere else in Canada.

In 2009, the World Health Organization classified UV-emitting devices, including commercial tanning beds, as definitely causing cancer in humans.

Nova Scotia has had legislation since May 2011 that prohibits anyone under the age of 19 from using tanning beds.