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Qld Government ban sounds death knell for solarium

THE sun has set on Queensland’s commercial UV tanning studios, with a statewide ban in force from January 1.
THE sun has set on Queensland’s commercial UV tanning studios, with a statewide ban in force from January 1. Michael Richards

ACTING Minister for Health Mark McArdle said the Newman LNP Government legislated the ban following concerns about the link between solarium use and skin cancer.

"Queensland already has the highest rate of skin cancer in the world and there is no question there's a direct link between regular sunbed use and the incidence of malignant melanoma," he said.

"There has been a decline in the number of solarium operators in Queensland and the industry is definitely changing," Mr McArdle said.

Queensland Health will take control of any of the remaining 55 solaria, owned by eight licensees, not surrendered or legally transferred.

Ms Roberts said that the change had meant that she was flat-out with her new and previous clients.

"I've had heaps of ex-solarium users come in and see me, most of them already clients of mine that used to get a spray tan to top up their solarium, but now I'm the only one they see," she said.

"In my busiest week when festivals and proms are on I can have up to 60 clients, but I'm expecting that to be quite constant now that the beds are gone."

The home-run salon only used a 100% organic 'Eco Tan', a vast difference to the harms caused by sun beds.

"My tans are $25, which I imagine would have been a similar price to solariums, but way more safe," she said.

"Solariums are plain harmful, it's like going to the beach but way more toxic."

Cancer Council Queensland spokeswoman Katie Clift said there was no such thing as a safe way to use a solarium.

"We commended the State Government's ban of the possession, use and supply of all new commercial solaria as of 1 January 2013, and their commitment towards this full ban," she said.

"A full ban on solariums will eliminate potentially deadly skin cancers - no doubt saving the lives of thousands of Queenslanders."

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