COMMERCIAL tanning beds will be banned in NSW under new laws which come into place from December 31, 2014, and cancer groups hope other states and countries will follow.
The ban is likely to save lives, a study by the University of Sydney estimated the ban would prevent about 120 melanomas from developing and save about 10 lives every year.
The Environment Minister, Robyn Parker, chose World Cancer Day to make her announcement, saying sun beds were carcinogenic and the International Agency for Research on Cancer had placed them in the same category of risk as asbestos. "Sadly, Australia has the highest incidence of skin cancer in the world and this ban is long overdue,''
A professor of public health at the University of Sydney, Simon Chapman, said: "Solaria are cancer incubators and we have known that for a good while''.
The chief executive of the Cancer Council Australia, Ian Olver, said he hoped other states would follow. "It starts with one state that is brave enough to do it and it usually flows on," he said. He said governments paid for cancers caused by sunbeds so they had a right to ban them.
The NSW ban takes effect from 31 December 2014, and all other Australian states and territories are coming under increased pressure to outlaw sunbeds, within the same timeframe
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