Sunbed ban for under-18s receives government backing

Proposals to ban sunbeds for under-18s have been backed by the government.

Sunbed use has been shown to increase the risk of skin cancer (Photograph: SPL)
Sunbed use has been shown to increase the risk of skin cancer (Photograph: SPL)

Health secretary Andy Burnham announced today that the government would be supporting a private members' bill on the issue.

The bill was introduced by Julie Morgan, Labour MP for Cardiff North. It calls for tanning salons to be banned from allowing under-18s to use sunbeds. The bill will have its second reading in the House of Commons on 29 January. 

Mr Burnham said that the scientific evidence on the issue clearly showed that sunbeds increase your risk of developing skin cancer. ‘It is far too easy for young people to use sunbeds and I am determined to take action to protect them,' he said.

Last year, a Cancer Research UK report found that overall, 6% of those in England aged 11-17 years had used a sunbed.

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