Australia tanning beds are becoming a thing of the past in many parts of the land down. Several states in Australia have outlawed tanning beds, with a push to make it nationwide, according to The Inquisitr on Oct. 24.
If Australia’s government has their way, they will soon make tanning beds a thing of the past due to the sharp increase of skin cancer in their country. In 2011, 80% of all new cancer diagnoses in Australia were skin cancer.
The World Health Organization has now rated tanning beds as a class 1 carcinogen, which puts it up there in the same category as smoking cigarettes and X-ray radiation exposure.
U.S. tanning aficionados should take notice of this, because Australia joins Brazil, which has already banned tanning salons. Several U.S. states have placed restrictions on these tanning units. As far as Australia goes, David Davis, Victoria’s Health Minister said it simply:
“The clear weight of medical evidence supports a ban.”
The tanning bed ban goes into effect at the end of the year for New South Wales and at the end of 2014 in four other states. Will U.S. follow suit? It sounds as if the dangers of tanning beds will soon make the beds a thing of the past. If it is that dangerous for the skin, most health organizations are bound to get on the band wagon to ban the units. The Snooki's of the world may revolt!