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Ban on under-18s using sunbeds

24th April 2008

The Health and Safety Executive is planning tight new measures to control tanning salons.


The HSE proposals want tanning salons staffed at all times and further measures that could see people aged under 18 banned from using sunbeds in England.

The plans coincide with a survey by consumer magazine Which? that estimated that 170,000 children under the age of 16 in the UK have used a sunbed.

Editor of Which?, Neil Fowler, said: “Despite the dangers of sunbed use, a shocking number of children told us that they have used one.

“Without regulation, the industry needs to be responsible about protecting those most at risk, but staff at the salons we visited failed to give adequate health warnings.?

Which? surveyed 1,000 children aged eight to 15 and found around 3% had used a sunbed.

The Department of Health had asked the HSE to review its guidance on the use of sunbeds as part of its 2007 Cancer Reform Strategy. It fears skin cancer rates will triple over the next three decades.

There are already about 100 deaths a year from skin cancer thought to be associated with sunbed use.

The Sunbed Association (TSA) backs a ban on under-16s, but argues there is no scientific evidence for a ban on young people aged 17 or 18.

Meanwhile, the British Association of Dermatologists said it was “extremely encouraged? by this first step in limiting sunbed use while Cancer Research UK said it was shocked that children as young as eight were discovered using sunbeds.


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