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Tax sunbeds -- cancer expert

CANCER care groups are calling for a tax on indoor tanning beds in Ireland to mirror the excise system in the US.

The International Agency for Research on Cancer has said that Government needs to do more to "discourage young adults from using indoor tanning equipment".

Clinical researcher Simon Nicholas Williams at the University of Chicago said that the attempts at public education by health agencies and charities have increased, these are being obscured by "spurious claims by the indoor tanning industry of the benefits of indoor tanning".

Rachel Morrogh, from the Irish Cancer Society, told the Herald: "We currently don't have any legislation regarding the tanning industry.

"We are calling very strongly for the regulation of tanning salons."