Source: The Guardian, Australian Edition & AAP
Ban will come into force at the end of next year, following other states’ response to alarming skin cancer figures
The Cancer Council has welcomed the Queensland government’s total ban on commercial sunbeds, saying it will save lives.
Queensland health minister Lawrence Springborg announced on Sunday a ban on UV tanning beds would be in place by 31 December next year.
Research shows sunbed users have a 20% higher risk of developing skin cancer, but this jumps to 59% if a sunbed is used before the age of 35, the Cancer Council says.
“This is an important law to protect Queenslanders against melanoma and other potentially fatal skin cancers,” Cancer Council Queensland chief executive Jeff Dunn said.
“The evidence is clear, sunbeds can be lethal.”
Springborg said the state had a role in protecting people from solarium health risks.
“There’s a cost to the community, there’s a cost to families, there’s a cost to individuals and the state does have a role,” he said.
He said the ban would prevent deaths in the same way regulation of the cigarette industry had…READ MORE