Sunbed laws introduced on island to protect children

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New legislation to protect children from the harmful effects of sunbeds has come into force on the island.

The Sunbeds Act 2013 makes it illegal for anyone under the age of 18 to use public sunbed salons, and also means an end to coin-operated studios.

The ban was passed in the UK in 2010 after research showed some 250,000 11 to 17-year-olds were risking skin cancer by using the beds.

Sunbeds work by exposing the skin to ultra-violet (UV) radiation.

This releases a chemical called melanin, which causes the skin to tan.

However, while sunlight contains a mix of UVA and UVB radiation, sunbeds produce mainly UVA, which penetrates deeper into the skin.

Under the new Manx laws, anyone wishing to use a sunbed must provide formal identification.

Any operators who allow under 18s to use or hire a bed can also be fined.

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