Wednesday 18 October 2017

New law to ban use of sunbeds by under-18s

Woman lying in a tanning machine
Woman lying in a tanning machine

Eilish O'Regan Health Correspondent

TEENAGERS and children under the age of 18 will be banned from using sunbeds under long-awaited legislation approved by Cabinet.

The long-delayed legislation comes amid growing concern about the rise in skin cancer, which claimed the lives of 148 people last year.

Health Minister James Reilly said there was "growing evidence that the use of sunbeds, especially by children, should be restricted" because of the associated increased risk of skin cancer and other health problems.

The proposed law will control the sale or hire of sunbeds over the internet, and all operators will need to have trained staff.

Salons will be inspected by the HSE and penalties will be imposed for breaches such as failure to put up warning signs about the potential dangers of their use.

The Irish Cancer Society (ICS) welcomed the eventual publication of the legislation but said it did not go far enough and should have banned fair-skinned people from using them.

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