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The Cancer Council guns for Canberra Solariums

By johnboy - 27 January 2009 31

The ABC informs us that the ACT Cancer Council is piling on the pressure for unilateral action by the ACT on solarium operators.

At issue is that the national standards, which include age restrictions and safety warnings, are still voluntary.

Chief Minister Stanhope is hoping to take part in a national approach but has indicated he’ll look at going it alone in forcing standards compliance if the multilateral process stalls.

With all the lotions and spray tans out there do the UV lights really offer anything over and above?

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31 Responses to
The Cancer Council guns for Canberra Solariums
Granny 4:11 pm 27 Jan 09

That’s actually a very good point, Mr Evil!

; )

Mr Evil 3:59 pm 27 Jan 09

It’s un-Australian to not try your best to get skin cancer.

Granny 3:51 pm 27 Jan 09

You are gorgeous, Jessieduck! One big freckle indeed!!

: )

Not a laughing matter, however in relation to skin cancer. There should be a lot of energy put into educating young girls that they are beautiful just the way they are.

I have an older redheaded acquaintance who is so scarred from the removal of cancerous growths that he looks almost like a second degree burns casualty.

It is so important that people are effectively educated about the potential consequences of these decisions further down the track.

I just hate that particular industries will prey on and foster a feeling of inadequacy in order to boost sales of a product – particularly one which is known to do harm.

colourful sydney rac 3:00 pm 27 Jan 09

ban them.

jessieduck 2:24 pm 27 Jan 09

p1 said :

If you have dark skin why do you need to get a tan?

Some people seem to like that tandoori oven glow…

p1 2:00 pm 27 Jan 09

“Some states have already moved to ban people under the age of 18 and Victoria will prevent people with fair skin from using tanning salons.”

If you have dark skin why do you need to get a tan?

la mente torbida 1:26 pm 27 Jan 09

Let the gene pool sort it out

Thumper 1:26 pm 27 Jan 09

I think all redheads and fair skinned children should be made wards of the state and kept in giant blackened garages just in case irresponsible parents let them outside in the sun.

VYBerlinaV8_the_one_ 12:15 pm 27 Jan 09

How about a register of solarium users that is made available for medical reasons, to doctors, health service providers and health insurers. If people want to potentially harm themselves, that’s up to them, but I don’t see why the rest of us should pay for it.

Holden Caulfield 12:06 pm 27 Jan 09

Oh, back to my hobby horse of smoking at outside public dining areas … why can’t the Cancer Council get on the local council’s back about stopping that?!

Holden Caulfield 12:04 pm 27 Jan 09

Thumper said :

Age restrictions, by all means, but that is it.

If you are stupid enough to go and fry yourself then so be it. And Victoria’s rules are bizarre. Who is going to decide who has fair skin and who has not? One could say this is discrimination against reheads and those peachy complexes.

What next, ban fair skinned people from lying on the beach?

Once again we see government leaping in to tell us what is good and what is not. I can see a time in the future when people have no idea about rights and responsibilities simply becuse everything has been regulated and no-one has ever had to think about their actions.

“Don’t you see that the whole aim of Newspeak is to narrow the range of thought?… Has it ever occurred to your, Winston, that by the year 2050, at the very latest, not a single human being will be alive who could understand such a conversation as we are having now?…The whole climate of thought will be different. In fact, there will be no thought, as we understand it now. Orthodoxy means not thinking—not needing to think. Orthodoxy is unconsciousness.” – Syme

Ari 11:46 am 27 Jan 09

jessieduck said :

it’s just your freckles merging into one super-freckle.

Wow … now there’s an entertainment idea to sell to Cube.

jessieduck 11:36 am 27 Jan 09

Age restrictions are a good idea but I don’t know what age people get the smarts to not give themselves cancer- it seems to vary judging by all the older smokers I know…

Most gingers (like myself) are sensible enough to shy away from tans because we realised very early on that it’s not really a tan if it’s just your freckles merging into one super-freckle. Alas it takes me less then a minute to start burning so I do my best to slip-slop-slap…

Thumper 10:09 am 27 Jan 09

Age restrictions, by all means, but that is it.

If you are stupid enough to go and fry yourself then so be it. And Victoria’s rules are bizarre. Who is going to decide who has fair skin and who has not? One could say this is discrimination against reheads and those peachy complexes.

What next, ban fair skinned people from lying on the beach?

Once again we see government leaping in to tell us what is good and what is not. I can see a time in the future when people have no idea about rights and responsibilities simply becuse everything has been regulated and no-one has ever had to think about their actions.

jakez 9:52 am 27 Jan 09

The tanning salons are bloody stupid and people who use them should know better, however I will never ever ever stop someone from being an idiot and harming themselves, it is their right.

I think age restrictions are probably a good idea though. Does the council have evidence though that the voluntary standards aren’t working? What is their definition of success?

“Some states have already moved to ban people under the age of 18 and Victoria will prevent people with fair skin from using tanning salons.”

Poor gingers, who knew that they would be the subjects of new Jim Crow Laws.

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