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MSPs welcome under-18 sunbed ban
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The MSP wants to highlight the dangers of sunbed use
Plans to tackle Scotland's "skin cancer epidemic" by banning under-18s from using sunbeds have been welcomed.

The proposals, put forward by Labour MSP Ken Macintosh, would also make coin-operated sunbeds illegal.

The Sunbed Association, which represents about a fifth of UK sunbed parlour operators, said none of its members ran unsupervised beds.

The restrictions could form part of the Scottish Government's plan to update public health protection laws.

Mr Macintosh told Holyrood's Health Committee, which is considering his safeguards, that they were not about banning sunbeds, but better informing the public of the danger that they could kill.

Responsible operators

The East Renfrewshire MSP said sunbed use caused an estimated 100 skin cancer deaths in the UK annually, adding: "Scotland is in the grip of what many health commentators have described as a skin cancer epidemic.

"Skin cancer has more than trebled over the last 30 years and there's a very straightforward reason for this and that is the rise in the popularity in tanning."

"I want us to avoid paying the price 20 years from now."

The Sunbed Association's Kathy Banks told MSPs that members of the body had signed up to a code of conduct to help ensure safety.

MSPs will be asked to vote on the sunbed proposals, which have received broad political backing, at a later date.

The regime would also would also require sunbed operators to advise customers of the dangers.

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Labour MSP Ken Macintosh on the proposals



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