Solarium ban plan bothers bosses

Milly Partington and Damian Doo, from Urban Tan at Maroochydore, are dead against a proposed ban on solariums.
Milly Partington and Damian Doo, from Urban Tan at Maroochydore, are dead against a proposed ban on solariums. Brett Wortman

COAST tanning businesses have hit back at plans to rid the state of solariums, saying the ban will only cause a growth in risky at-home use.

Queensland Health Minister Lawrence Springborg has unveiled plans to rid the state of tanning salons by 2015.

The Cancer Council Queensland supports Mr Springborg but has called for an immediate ban on issuing new licences to solarium operators.

The owner of Maroochydore tanning business Urban Tan, Milly Partington, said the move would only lead to people buying solarium beds for use at home.

"We are a licensed operator of solariums, which means we must comply to strict rules and regulations," Mrs Partington said.

"No client has ever been burnt in one of our solariums and we test every client's skin type to ensure their safety.

"If they are banned, people will just go out and buy them for their home and that is far more dangerous than using one in a professional environment."

Sorrento at Mooloolaba owner Angie Harrington said the ban would also affect local businesses.

"Around 50% of our clientele use the beds, and although it is not the only business we do, many of our clients do use them," she said.

"Our clients use them because they are safe. We have trained operators here and people generally feel more safe in a solarium than out in the harsh Queensland sun."

Cancer Council Queensland research shows that using a solarium before the age of 30 will increase a person's risk of developing melanoma by 75%.

Spokeswoman Anne Savage said a total ban was the only way to stop Queenslanders from developing potentially deadly skin cancers linked to solarium use.

"Evidence has shown a direct link between solarium use and skin cancer," Ms Savage said.

"No solarium can provide a safe solarium tan."

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