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Hooray! Australia Plans to Ban Tanning Beds by 2014

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The land down under is known for having the highest rates of melanoma, a.k.a the most dangerous form of skin cancer, in the world, and the country is now taking action. Australia’s most populous state, New South Wales, is making headlines with the decision to make commercial tanning beds illegal in three years.

More than 1,200 Australians die from skin cancer each year, and one of the primary causes is UV radiation, from either tanning beds or overexposure to the sun. New South Wales, home to Sydney and roughly 7.3 million people, is now taking the toughest stance on regulating the tanning industry in the country.

The Aussie ban also comes on the heels of a recent tanning bed decision in California. Since January 1st, children under the age of 18 in the Golden State have been banned from using indoor tanning beds. The American Academy of Dermatology supported the law, referencing previous research that showed individuals who take part in the practice have a 75 percent higher risk for melanoma.

We’re particularly big fans of sun-protection and avoiding overexposure to UV rays, so we are glad to hear about the Australian decision.

Are you a fan of tanning beds, though? What do you think about the upcoming ban?

— Candice

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