Isle of Man sunbed ban 'will protect youngsters'

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A ban on sunbed use for under 18s will help "protect youngsters" from the growing risk of skin cancer, according to an island public health official.

Angela Howland said the legislation would prohibit people under the age of 18 using public sunbed salons.

The bill, which had its second reading in Tynwald on Tuesday, would also mean the end to coin-operated studios.

Ms Howland said: "These laws could help protect people developing malignant melanoma at a young age."

A bill to ban sun beds for under-18s was passed in the UK in 2010 after research showed some 250,000 11-to-17-year-olds in England were risking skin cancer by using the beds.

Ms Howland said: "The amount of people developing skin cancer in the Isle of Man seems to reflect figures in the United Kingdom but the worrying thing is that we are now seeing people in their thirties with problems so the more we can dissuade people to put themselves at risk, the better.

"We fully support this legislation and we would encourage anyone who hires sunbeds to think twice before allowing young people to use them."

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