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Self-operated tanning salons set to be banned

The Local · 22 Dec 2010, 13:35

Published: 22 Dec 2010 13:35 GMT+01:00

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The federal government is planning a clampdown that includes forcing salons to have trained staff – an effective ban on so-called self-service salons at which customers insert money and operate the machine on their own.

Salons will also have to erect warning signs about the risks of too much ultraviolet light, which is known to cause melanoma skin cancer, daily Saarbrücker Zeitung reported.

The crackdown by the Environment Ministry will also force salons to limit the power on tanning beds, meaning 90 percent of solar lamps on such beds in Germany would need to be replaced or converted to a lower power.

In July 2009, the International Agency for Research on Cancer – part of the World Health Organisation – issued a report warning that tanning beds were “carcinogenic to humans.”

There are about 4,000 tanning salons in Germany with an average of seven beds each, according to government figures. There are also thousands of beds in hotels, gyms and at public swimming pools. The total number of beds is therefore estimated at about 45,000.

The incidence of skin cancer among Germans has roughly doubled in the past 10 to 15 years, the Environment Ministry says. In no other country was “artificial UV radiation so commonly used as in Germany,” its draft bill for the clampdown states, according to the Saarbrücker Zeitung.

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Last year, the government banned the use of tanning salons by people aged under 18.

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Your comments about this article

21:11 December 22, 2010 by Joshontour
If this was really a public health issue, Germany would be outlawing all the self-service cancer stick machines you see on every corner. But think of all the tax revenue they would lose in that case.
00:33 December 23, 2010 by piper1
Australia banned these things last year.
01:38 December 23, 2010 by DefJay
@#6: Does Australia really need tanning beds?
07:24 December 23, 2010 by piper1
Australia covers the same area as the entire US, or if you live in Europe, from Norway to Africa... London to Moscow....

Now what was the question again?
09:21 December 23, 2010 by tallady
some individuals maintain tanning beds are safer alternatives to natural sun tanning, melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer, is a danger whether you are soaking in the sun or simmering on a sunless tanning bed. Most people soaking in the sun use a uv ,um skin protector,,most people in a sun bed use nothing.It's natural vs artificial,laying in a tanning bed or on the beach to tan and age your skin and risk melanoma are both bad choices.
22:13 December 23, 2010 by Joshontour
#Piper... Australia is over 2,000,000 sq. km smaller than the US... Just saying.
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