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The BMJ has a few articles in the upcoming issue (6th October 2012) on the dangers of indoor tanning. One study found that 3,438 (5.4%) new cases of melanoma diagnosed each year in Western Europe are related to sunbed use, particularly among young adults. http://www.bmj.com/content/345/bmj.e5909
And in a new systematic review and meta analysis from the US reports that indoor tanning was associated with a 67% higher risk of developing squamous cell carcinoma and a 29% higher risk of developing basal cell carcinoma, compared with never using it.
Finally, in a Personal View, Simon Nicholas Williams says that there needs to be more evidence-based warnings about sunbeds and information about the risks. He calls for the EU to follow the example of the US who have introduced a tan tax on indoor tanning services. He estimates that, in the UK, a 10% excise duty on indoor tanning could raise revenues of between £95m and £113m over a decade. http://www.bmj.com/content/345/bmj.e6550
Now, I don’t know about where you live but the UK is full of people with fake tans and the owners of these fake tans probably get them from either tanning beds or applying tan lotion. I am assuming that spray on lotions are safer than the rays of a sunbed. Would a tax or more information on the dangers really deter people?