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Sunday 21 September 2014

Ban on under-18s using sunbeds in Ireland is in place from today

Published 21/07/2014 | 07:43

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It is proposed that teenagers and children under the age of 18 will be banned from using sunbds. Photo: Getty Images.
Teenagers and children are now banned from using sunbeds. Photo: Getty Images.

A ban on under-18s using sunbeds in Ireland is in place from today.

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Under the Public Health (Sunbeds) Act, it is now an offence for a sunbed business to sell or hire a sunbed to anyone aged under 18, or to allow a young person to use a sunbed.

Last week, Health Minister Leo Varadkar described the move as “an essential step to protect children’s health and wellbeing”.

He said it was an "important preventive measure" against skin cancer when he announced the ban.

Skin cancer is the fast growing cancer in Ireland, with more than 850 new cases of melanoma a year and 150 deaths.

The Department of Health will clamp down further on sunbed use by placing a ban on unsupervised use, some marketing techniques and health claims.

Mr Varadkar advised people: “To be pale is to be beautiful. Don’t feel you have to get a tan.”

The ban on sunbed use for under-18s follows years of lobbying by the Irish Cancer Society, which says those who have used a sunbed increase the risk of melanoma by 15pc.

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