New law protects under-18s from sunbed dangers

In collaboration with Adfero

New laws have come into force today (April 8th) which will prevent under-18s in England and Wales from using sunbeds, and punish businesses that fail to comply with the regulations.

The Sunbeds (Regulation) Act 2010 is designed to protect under-18s from overexposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation, which is the main cause of skin cancer.

A study by Cancer Research UK shows that six per cent of 11 to 17-year-olds in England - including half of all 15 to 17-year-olds in Liverpool and Sunderland - use sunbeds to achieve a year-round tan.

According to the charity's SunSmart campaign, two people under the age of 35 are diagnosed with melanoma skin cancer each day - and a proportion of these cases are thought to be linked to sunbed use.