On 31st December 2014, commercial solariums (also called solaria, sunbeds or tanning booths) were banned in NSW. This means it is now illegal for any business or individual to offer UV tanning services for a fee in NSW, and anyone caught doing so risks significant fines.
Research has shown that people who use solariums before the age of 35 increase their risk of developing melanoma by 59%. The risk of squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) is twice that of non-users regardless of age. Each year in Australia, over 40 melanoma related deaths and some 2,500 new squamous cell carcinomas are attributed to solarium use.
NSW was the first state in Australia and only second in the world after Brazil to announce a ban on solariums. As a result of the NSW announcement, solariums are also now banned in all states and territories across Australia with the exception of Western Australia where the ban will be implemented at the end of 2015.
Cancer Council NSW advocated strongly for a ban on solariums and we would like to acknowledge the many people who supported our advocacy work, especially Mr Jay Allen. Cancer Council also congratulates the NSW government for initiating such strong public health reform across Australia.