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Katy moves on commercial solariums

By johnboy - 13 June 2013 19

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Chief Minister Gallagher has announced she’s moving to do unto the solarium industry as they have done to so many of their customers:

The ACT Government will ban commercial solariums in the Territory by the end of next year to help lower the incidence of skin cancer among Canberrans, Chief Minister and Minister for Health, Katy Gallagher, announced today.

“There is strong evidence that solariums or tanning beds can increase a person’s chance of getting skin cancers and it is time that commercial solariums are banned in the ACT to protect the health of Canberrans and particularly young people,” the Chief Minister said.

“The NSW, Victorian and South Australian governments have already announced bans on commercial solaria, and the QLD Government has imposed restrictions on new units. The ACT Government is working with other jurisdictions to achieve a consistent national ban on commercial solariums.”

Continued research into the negative health effects of tanning bed use has prompted the World Health

Organization to classify tanning beds as a group 1 carcinogen, alongside tobacco smoking and asbestos.

Here in the bunker we’re supremely confident the mug punters will find some other way to kill themselves at great expense in the name of vanity.

But it won’t be this way.

[Photo by Evil Erin CC BY 2.0]

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Katy moves on commercial solariums
BimboGeek 2:06 pm 14 Jun 13

I don’t know what Diggety is talking about but can a solarium treat for vitamin D deficiency? Because some people don’t tolerate pills very well and it’s too cold to go in the sun.

Diggety 1:38 pm 14 Jun 13

RadioVK said :

Diggety said :

RadioVK said :

As someone who has seen a family member go through literally dozens of surgeries to remove persistent skin cancers (fortunately successfully), I think that anyone who would voluntarily subject themselves to a tanning bed is a bloody idiot.

Really? I think anyone not following instruction is a bloody idiot. I also think anyone banning these devices is a bloody idiot and an abuser of power.

A solarium is a far safer way to avoid skin cancer than the sun, because it is a source reliable dosage. However, one must follow professional advise for their use.

They don’t need to be banned, they need to be used appropriately – just like any other product one may encounter.

The Cancer Council would disagree with you there.

“Contrary to what some people believe, solariums are not ‘safe tanning’ devices. Research has shown that they increase your risk of developing skin cancer including melanoma. A recent study by The International Agency for Research on Cancer concluded that using solarium regularly before the age of 30 boosted ones risk of developing melanoma by 75% and also increased the risk of squamous cell carcinoma. An even more recent study suggested that the increased risk of melanoma could be as much as 98%.”
(From the Cancer Council ACT website)

The government bans or regulates plenty of other potential carcinogens without a fuss. Are you really surprised that this one has finally got the same treatment.

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No, what you’ve quoted from the Cancer Council does not conflict with what I said. I accept that solariums are potentially dangerous, but only if they are misused.

Wherever you are right now RadioVK, there are likely several carcinogenic substances within meters. Whatever you can see in front of you is potentially lethal, it just depends on the dosage.

500 years ago, Paraclesus laid the foundation for modern toxicology with the following advice:

“All things are poison, and nothing is without poison; only the dose permits something not to be poisonous.”

Or, every substances known to man is lethal, it just depends on the dosage. You can observe this advice all around you; nutrition tables on your cereal pack, instructions on your medication, safety advice on your power tools, health info on your box of beers.

In the natural plants, animals and ecological systems regulate to the environment; plants adjust themselves for optimal photosynthesis, animals regulate oxygen intake via a respitory system, your own brain is held within a temperature range of just a few degrees to let you think clearly.

How does this make solariums safer than the sun for UV irradiance? A solarium is a source of reliable and constant dosage – the sun is not, because it fluctuates minute to minute and there is unlikely to be expert advise on hand to tell you when you’ve received too much.

I accept that some among us have misused solariums to the point where they have caused adverse health effects, but the majority of participants have not. So is it right that a few retards spoil it for the rest of us and leave us to use a less healthy source of UV?

I know banning things that can be dangerous sounds logical, but it only considers one half of Paraclesus’ advice. All this could be avoided one follows simple instructions.

RadioVK 8:39 pm 13 Jun 13

Diggety said :

RadioVK said :

As someone who has seen a family member go through literally dozens of surgeries to remove persistent skin cancers (fortunately successfully), I think that anyone who would voluntarily subject themselves to a tanning bed is a bloody idiot.

Really? I think anyone not following instruction is a bloody idiot. I also think anyone banning these devices is a bloody idiot and an abuser of power.

A solarium is a far safer way to avoid skin cancer than the sun, because it is a source reliable dosage. However, one must follow professional advise for their use.

They don’t need to be banned, they need to be used appropriately – just like any other product one may encounter.

The Cancer Council would disagree with you there.

“Contrary to what some people believe, solariums are not ‘safe tanning’ devices. Research has shown that they increase your risk of developing skin cancer including melanoma. A recent study by The International Agency for Research on Cancer concluded that using solarium regularly before the age of 30 boosted ones risk of developing melanoma by 75% and also increased the risk of squamous cell carcinoma. An even more recent study suggested that the increased risk of melanoma could be as much as 98%.”
(From the Cancer Council ACT website)

The government bans or regulates plenty of other potential carcinogens without a fuss. Are you really surprised that this one has finally got the same treatment.

Starrie 4:54 pm 13 Jun 13

Continued research into the negative health effects of tanning bed use has prompted the World Health Organization to classify tanning beds as a group 1 carcinogen, alongside tobacco smoking and asbestos.

Alcoholic beverages, salted fish, wood dust, diesel smoke, sunshine and working as a painter are also classified as group 1 carcinogens. Group 1 just contains anything where there is sufficient evidence that it causes cancer in humans, it doesn’t rate on how likely it is to do so, the amount needed to cause it or whether there are other reasons for using it or doing the activity.

And they’ll prise my beer out of my cold, dead, cancerous hands.

Mysteryman 4:09 pm 13 Jun 13

Diggety said :

RadioVK said :

As someone who has seen a family member go through literally dozens of surgeries to remove persistent skin cancers (fortunately successfully), I think that anyone who would voluntarily subject themselves to a tanning bed is a bloody idiot.

Really? I think anyone not following instruction is a bloody idiot. I also think anyone banning these devices is a bloody idiot and an abuser of power.

A solarium is a far safer way to avoid skin cancer than the sun, because it is a source reliable dosage. However, one must follow professional advise for their use.

They don’t need to be banned, they need to be used appropriately – just like any other product one may encounter.

THIS. So much this.

Diggety 3:18 pm 13 Jun 13

RadioVK said :

As someone who has seen a family member go through literally dozens of surgeries to remove persistent skin cancers (fortunately successfully), I think that anyone who would voluntarily subject themselves to a tanning bed is a bloody idiot.

Really? I think anyone not following instruction is a bloody idiot. I also think anyone banning these devices is a bloody idiot and an abuser of power.

A solarium is a far safer way to avoid skin cancer than the sun, because it is a source reliable dosage. However, one must follow professional advise for their use.

They don’t need to be banned, they need to be used appropriately – just like any other product one may encounter.

Erg0 3:13 pm 13 Jun 13

Rioteer said :

Agree with Diggety. Nanny state completely. If politicians wished to protect us from cancer, and believe we cannot make informed choices ourselves, then will they outlaw smoking?

Of course no politician is going to ostracise that many voters in one go, and forego the huge tax revenue (for higher level govts), so let’s stick to lesser impact populist laws such as this one that will only impact a small percentage of the population but look like a major advancement to all.

(I am a non-smoker).

So if we can’t fix the whole problem in one go then we shouldn’t do anything at all?

Smoking’s time will come.

RadioVK 3:05 pm 13 Jun 13

As someone who has seen a family member go through literally dozens of surgeries to remove persistent skin cancers (fortunately successfully), I think that anyone who would voluntarily subject themselves to a tanning bed is a bloody idiot.

Rioteer 2:50 pm 13 Jun 13

Agree with Diggety. Nanny state completely. If politicians wished to protect us from cancer, and believe we cannot make informed choices ourselves, then will they outlaw smoking?

Of course no politician is going to ostracise that many voters in one go, and forego the huge tax revenue (for higher level govts), so let’s stick to lesser impact populist laws such as this one that will only impact a small percentage of the population but look like a major advancement to all.

(I am a non-smoker).

johnboy 10:57 am 13 Jun 13

Ben_Dover said :

The idea of someone paying good money to use a tanning booth in Australia is wonderful. Let the daft sods get sun cancer, more chlorine in the shallow end.

Katy doesn’t want to pay for their lingering treatment in the hospital.

Barcham 10:52 am 13 Jun 13

Hopefully this won’t lead to an increase of orange spray tanned monsters roaming the streets.

Ben_Dover 10:45 am 13 Jun 13

The idea of someone paying good money to use a tanning booth in Australia is wonderful. Let the daft sods get sun cancer, more chlorine in the shallow end.

bundah 10:29 am 13 Jun 13

Ah she’s finally seen the light?

Postalgeek 10:23 am 13 Jun 13

Tan their hides, I say.

Diggety 10:22 am 13 Jun 13

Next on Nanny’s ban list: the sun.

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