New Zealand Health (Protection) Bill 2014, Part 2: Artificial UV tanning services


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11 February 2015

New Zealand sadly has the highest reported melanoma incidence rate of any country. On average, 325 New Zelanders will die from melanoma every year, making it the sixth most common cause of death by cancer in this country.

These unfortunate statistics are in no way helped by the availability of tanning booths and sunbeds. The World Health Organisation estimates that sunbed use before the age of 35 increases the risk of melanoma by 75%. The Bill's proposed prohibition on artificial UV tanning services to persons under 18 represents a positive step forward in preventing melanomas that are so prevalent in New Zealand.