Under 30s face tanning salon ban

Jodi - posted on 11/25/2010 ( 120 moms have responded )

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People aged under 30 years may be banned from using solariums in NSW because of cancer fears, under a plan announced by the state government yesterday.

The International Agency for Research in Cancer recently deemed tanning beds to be a grade one carcinogen, the same ranking as smoking, the Daily Telegraph reports.

NSW Cancer Minister Frank Sartor said solarium owners should prepare for a drop in business as the risks involved with the tanning process become more apparent.

"I think the writing is on the wall, eventually probably solariums nationwide will be banned," he said.

The proposal would stop people under 25 using the beds from April next year, and people under 30 banned from August.

Current regulations prohibit children under 18 years from using tanning beds, as well as people with Skin Photo Type 2, which burns easily.

http://news.ninemsn.com.au/national/8170...

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Meghan - posted on 11/26/2010

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someone with sever SAD or severe acne may not think they offer small benefits though...I had people come in with doctor's notes and recommendations so apparently not everyone thinks that occasional monitored use is that life threatening

Johnny - posted on 11/26/2010

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I feel the same about junk food eaters. Pay for your own diabetes and high blood pressure treatment.

Sandra - posted on 11/26/2010

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There are more uses than just looks or vit-D. While I don't use them on a regular basis, I have many times. I have psoriasis. It's usually not bad at all, but every once in awhile it flares up. Bad. Really bad. It's flaky, ridiculously itchy and very, very, very uncomfortable. All the medications they've tried haven't worked for me. The only thing that has is exposure to sunlight. It's the only reason I'll tan. As soon as it subsides I stop.

Amanda - posted on 11/26/2010

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I thought it was under 19?

Anyhow I agree with there being an age limit. Skin cancer has been on the rise and it's about time the government did something about it. If you have to be over a certain age to buy cigarettes then you should be over a certain age to be able to use another carcinogen - AND you should be given all of the information about it including risks.

The beds should have signs posted saying "this product causes cancer" just like cigarettes do.

It's only a matter of time before government and labelling laws catch up with scientific research and when that happens many other products including some shampoos, soaps, toothpastes, mouthwash, gum, etc...are also going to be banned because they contain carcinogens.

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Sharon - posted on 11/26/2010

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I feel the same about cigarrette smokers. Pay for your own treatment.

Isobel - posted on 11/26/2010

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I don't know about banning them...what about making them pay for all the cancer treatments? that goes a little better with my economics training...realize your own costs then pass them on to the next consumer and all...

Sharon - posted on 11/26/2010

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Well, I'm with Dana.

A ban is wrong. If you ban them based on the fact they can cause cancer, you'd have to attack all the big companies for leaching bpa into our foods, the cigarrette companies, car companies (your dashboard breaks down with age and leaches carcinogens into the air plus the exhaust) so many things.

If you're trying to protect people from their stupidity now for their later years, you'd have to ban tattoos, extreme piercings, premarital sex ....

People know that the sun causes cancer, that tanning beds cause cancer and yet they do it anyway.

Its their lives. Now they've got something gobbling up their skin and they can suck it up and deal with it.

Isobel - posted on 11/26/2010

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No matter what system I use, I burn and never tan. I`m quite certain that skin cancer is in my future, I`ve been burned severely several times in my life before I learned my lesson. :(

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Ummm, Loureen, that's CRAZY! I promise you they're nothing like that in Canada! We have much stricter regulations.

Sunny - posted on 11/26/2010

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Its Australia we already have some of the highest rates of skin cancer! I had it at 9 and again at 20 and i have never sunbaked or tanned a day in my life! Get rid of them.

Jodi - posted on 11/26/2010

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I didn't know we had those Loureen, but I have never been to a tanning salon in my life. That's just gross. They should be banned altogether.

Charlie - posted on 11/26/2010

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yup gross , each room has the cleaning stuff and your meant to use it after a session but i can't trust strangers .

Meghan - posted on 11/26/2010

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apparently it is like that in Denmark too...*cringe* can you imagine going in right after a sweater who didn't clean properly *pukes*

Dana - posted on 11/26/2010

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Wow, that is crazy. You can't do that in the states, that I'm aware of...
You can however buy your own tanning bed, which might not be a good idea either.

Charlie - posted on 11/26/2010

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At the moment in Australia you can walk into an unsupervised tanning salon , put money in the pay slot , get your tan accelerator from the vending machine and hop into the tanning bed , no one works there it is all machine operated any age , any amount of times can use them its fucking crazy !

Amanda - posted on 11/26/2010

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It has been proven by scientific research that the beds CAUSE CANCER. Sorry but if there are some small benefits it's just not worth it.

Meghan - posted on 11/26/2010

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I used to manage a tanning salon and there ARE some benefits to using them (I haven't read all the post and I am going to assume that someone has already stated them). The key is to properly educate those that use them AND certify and train those running them!

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I just want to be clear that while I do think tanning beds CAN be beneficial I'm not a cheerleader for them. I also agree they (tanning salons) need to be more tightly regulated.

Rosie - posted on 11/26/2010

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im with carol on this one. i don't wish them to be banned, just regulated more. i know of many teenagers that use them before the prom and stuff. i don't think that a child should be allowed to use them, and there should be regualtions on how much adults can use them. but banning? nah.

Desiree - posted on 11/26/2010

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I live in a country where it is not necessary to use tanning beds. I think they are a waste of time and money, besides the average person needs 30 percent of their body exposed to natural sunlight for about 15 minutes a day in order to produce Vitamin D our bodies need. Tanning in a tanning salon has no natural benifits to the human body apart from boosting the ego. Maybe it's not such a bad idea, the question is once they have manged to do that what are they ban next for the same reasons now given?? There will always be something new that someone will take offence too just wondering what its going to be.

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I have to say, before I ever opened this thread, I thought it would have gone much differently. I guess we're horribly wrinkled, leathery looking people where I live because pretty much EVERYONE I know uses tanning beds either regularily or once in a while. I do find it extremely ironic that the people in this thread that are most vehemently opposed to tanning beds are the Aussies.



Jodi, you mentioned earlier that you "still wouldn't use a tanning bed, even WITH only 66 days of sunshine." but you can't say that for sure because you've never lived here! You take sun for granted. Even though you might choose not to tan because of your sensitive skin etc., you still are surrounded by sunshine exponentially more than us over here in Canada!

Johnny - posted on 11/26/2010

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Tighter regulations, definitely. An outright ban, no. But then I haven't seen the sun in I'm not sure how long, so right about now, a tanning bed is sounding rather appealing. It's easy to say this if you live somewhere that you see sunshine more that once every two weeks for 6 months of the year....

Becky - posted on 11/25/2010

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I can see a lot of outcry over "my body, my choice" but it wouldn't bother me in the least to see them banned altogether! I've never used one and never will. I spent enough time baking in the actual sun as a young and stupid child, that I now how to be checked yearly by a dermatologist and my chances of developing skin cancer are very high. Now I'm very careful, and very careful with my kids. I'm a redhead though, and burn in like 5 minutes flat. I'd probably burn in a tanning bed!

Dana - posted on 11/25/2010

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Yep. Although that's coming from the other two trophy winners! LMAO!!!!

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If you guys would kindly stop posting for 5 mins or so, so I can successfully log off without seeing your comments popping up!?

Thank you!

Sincerely,

The D-Mak Attack!

Jodi - posted on 11/25/2010

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"You're suggesting or supporting a complete ban with the exception of medical necessity. How would they regulate that anyhow?"

With the beds only available by medical prescription and under the supervision of a licenced operator in accordance with the prescription :)

Jodi - posted on 11/25/2010

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Hahaha, maybe I should shut up, because if they get banned, then you'll all want to move to this part of the world to get our sunshine, and we won't have any space left :P j/k

But I do see your point :) Just so you know. I'm still totally against them, but just wanted to let you know I can understand your point.

Nikki - posted on 11/25/2010

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Maybe that's because we have such strong sun safety campaigns here? (In Australia) It is literally drummed into us from a VERY early age in day care then in school.

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AHHHH! We're all posting at the same time....my brain is slow!

Jodi, you said, "For me, personally, especially with my skin type, it poses too great a risk. If I was concerned about Vitamin D, I'd just take a supplement. And I am not concerned about my colour. If my doctor recommended it for health reasons and could show me the benefits outweighed the risks I may consider it, but I don't think, in the majority of cases, the benefits outweigh the risks."

And that's great, for you, but you're not just talking about you. You're suggesting or supporting a complete ban with the exception of medical necessity. How would they regulate that anyhow?

Ok, seriously leaving....haha! I sound like Leah!

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It was in the form of a joke and I didn't explain myself well but we don't get much sun here and it's ironic that it's all the Aussies who can soak up the sun whenever they want, that are pro-ban. I don't disagree that tanning beds can be dangerous but banning them insn't the answer.

Anyhow, I'm babbling and apparently not making sense to anyone so I'm actually leaving this time.

Have a good night, day....whatever-it-is-where-you-are, ladies!

Dana - posted on 11/25/2010

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Jodi, neither would I. I did use one when I was younger. I was never someone who used them all the time thankfully but, they are rather nice in the middle of winter. I know a few people who take vitamin D supplements, have special lights and still feel no effects but, they do with tanning beds.

Dana - posted on 11/25/2010

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Aha, was it this?

Dana Mak - posted 6 hours ago

Seriously? When used in moderation the can actually have benefits. A ban is ridiculous. Perhaps for you Aussies with your year round sun don't need them but don't punish the rest of us! ;)

Jodi - posted on 11/25/2010

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Yes, Dana, but I still wouldn't use a tanning bed, even WITH only 66 days of sunshine. For me, personally, especially with my skin type, it poses too great a risk. If I was concerned about Vitamin D, I'd just take a supplement. And I am not concerned about my colour. If my doctor recommended it for health reasons and could show me the benefits outweighed the risks I may consider it, but I don't think, in the majority of cases, the benefits outweigh the risks.

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Anyhow, I'm tired and obviously not articulating myself very well this evening so I'm off to bed soon.

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Not to be petty but didn't I say that at the beginning of this debate.....maybe not as intelligently but same theory, right?!

Jodi - posted on 11/25/2010

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I think they should ban cigarettes :)

And Dana, I couldn't imagine only having full sun 66 days a year, so you are right, we probably take for granted that we can feel the sun on our faces more frequently than some (I think we get about 300+ days per year?).

Dana - posted on 11/25/2010

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Yes, Jenny, I recall reading something about that. Actually wasn't that Sharon who posted that long ago? It was something to do with them adding vitamin A to sunscreen. It prevents aging but, isn't actually needed in sunscreen.

Dana - posted on 11/25/2010

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Of course I offer all of you a glass of wine! I'll pour it, all you have to do is show up! :) It's a Sauvignon Blanc, not too sweet, not too dry. ;)

Jenny - posted on 11/25/2010

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Wo hoo, my partner just came home with wine.

Anyhoo, what about sunscreen causing skin cancer?

Sharon - posted on 11/25/2010

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eh. They'll just go lay out in the real sun. If they have it.

This will make sense when they BAN cigarrettes. Until then, this is just STUPID.

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