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Sunbed firms try to stop ban

14th May 2008

MSPs are told that the public are not protected when it comes to sunbeds.

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Holyrood's health committee are considering the regulation of tanning machines.

However, parlour operators said there was no evidence of sunbeds being abused and that they were not responsible for the increase in skin cancer.

But, research shows that four out of five parlours fell short of current safety guidelines.

Alastair Shaw, of the Society of Chief Officers of Environmental Health in Scotland, said the issue was "problematic" and that action could not be taken until a user suffered an injury, for example from burns.

Lene Priess, director of the Consol Suncentre, said "As a major long-standing operator, we have no evidence of under-16s or children using or abusing our sunbeds or even wanting to".

She added, "The real risk to young people is holidaying abroad and over-exposing their skin over a short period of time".

The British Medical Association said sunbed users were 2.5 times more likely to develop skin cancer and that it favoured a licensing system for suntan parlours.

 

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