Australia Bans Tanning Beds

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In an effort to decrease the risk of skin cancer for its citizens, authorities in Australia have made the use of tanning beds illegal in some states.

In an effort to decrease the risk of skin cancer for its citizens, authorities in Australia have made the use of tanning beds illegal in some states.

This is due to the fact that Australia has one of the highest rates of skin cancer in the world.

Paul Cannon, who owns a tanning business in the suburb of Port Melbourne, disagrees with the ban saying: "It's a lot safer than going out in the sun. In a solarium, people aren't getting sunburned, they're in a controlled environment where they can control how much UV they get."

The tanning bed ban in the state of New South Wales caused salons to sell their tanning beds at low prices in online auctions.

So the government in Victoria is looking for a way to safely get rid of the tanning beds from salons in their state.

In other places like California and Vermont in the United States, minors are restricted from using tanning salons, and another law has recently been introduced that might make it so that no one under 18 can use a tanning bed in any state.

In 2009, Brazil was the first country to put a total ban on the devices

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