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Age Limits on Tanning Beds Considered

By Iceland Review

The Icelandic Radiation Safety Authority is considering a restriction on tanning bed use for those under the age of 18, reports.

Minister of Health, Ögmundur Jónasson.

According to a study published by the World Health Organization yesterday, the danger of getting melanoma is increased by 75% in young people who start to regularly attend tanning salons before the age of thirty.

Minister of Health, Ögmundur Jónasson, has requested proposals from the IRSA on how to react to these findings. Head of IRSA, Sigurdur Magnússon, says that the smallest increase in the use of tanning beds has been in the age group 12-23. In the year 2003, 50% of people at that age had used a tanning bed, but nearly 40% five years later.

According to Magnússon, in this time period, a significant educational campaign regarding the risk of tanning beds was undertaken. However, it was clear that the message had not reached the youngest users. Even if they recognized the risk, they would not change their behavior. This meant that other solutions must be looked into, such as introducing age limits.

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