Labor calls for immediate ban on solaria In NSW: Anything less from Robyn Parker is a cop out

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The NSW Labor Opposition has called on the O'Farrell Government to immediately introduce a total ban on solaria across the State, Shadow Environment Minister, Luke Foley said today.

Commercial tanning units are commonly known as solaria.

"Anything less than a full and immediate ban on solaria will be a cop out by the O'Farrell Government and Environment Minister Robyn Parker," Mr Foley said today.

"The evidence is in – there are approximately 3,500 cases of melanoma in NSW each and every year.

"Sun beds have been doing a roaring trade this grey, wet summer. It's time for the O'Farrell Government to build on the achievements of the former Labor Government and introduce an immediate and total ban.

"Tanning beds are categorised as a Grade One carcinogen by the International Agency for Research in Cancer.

"We know that solarium use by people aged under 35 increases their risk of developing melanoma by 98 per cent.

"Despite this, a disturbing one quarter of people aged 13 to 44 mistakenly believe tanning in a solarium is safer than in the sun.

"Nothing is more important that preventing unnecessary deaths. This is a public health issue that requires immediate action from the O'Farrell Government."

Mr Foley said a full and immediate ban would build on the achievements by the former Labor Government.

"The former Labor Government imposed a number of restrictions and requirements on tanning operators and solaria businesses. A total ban is the next logical step," Mr Foley said.

"Minister Parker should amend the Radiation Control Regulation to outlaw solaria in NSW immediately.

"A full and immediate ban on sun beds is the only responsible public health policy to take. Anything less from the O'Farrell Government will be a cop out."