Calls for sunbed ban to be extended

Gordon Brown is to announce plans for the new Scottish legislation banning children from using sunbeds, to be rolled out across Great Britain.

The new law, which prevents under 18s prevented from using sunbeds, has just come into force in Scotland and the Government is set to introduce it to the rest of the UK as part of the NHS cancer reform strategy being launched by Health Secretary Alan Johnson this week.

The proposals will also outlaw unstaffed tanning salons which are coin-operated, as well as the sale or hire of a sunbed to anyone under 18. Sunbed operators will also be required to provide users with information about the health risks of sunbed use.

Cancer Research recently found that half of all girls between the ages of 15 and 17 in Liverpool and Sunderland used sunbeds, with 40% of this group said to go on them at least once a week.

Skin cancer rates have quadrupled in the past 30 years – rising from 3.4 people in every 100,000 in 1977 to 14.7 in every 100,000 in 2006, the charity said.

Source: Cancer UK
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