Parliamentary Question: Health
To ask the Minister for Health and Children his views on banning the use of sunbeds for children under 18 years; and if he will make a statement on the matter.
– Simon Harris
For WRITTEN answer on Tuesday, 3rd May, 2011.
There has been a growing body of evidence over recent years that the use of sunbeds, especially by children, should be restricted because of the associated increased risk of skin cancer and other health problems. The World Health Organisation, the Irish Cancer Society, the Environmental Health Officers’ Association and the National Cancer Control Programme in the HSE have all expressed concern about the use of sunbeds.
Within the coming weeks, I will seek Government approval to prepare legislation to regulate sunbed use, in particular to prohibit their use by those under 18 years of age. Other proposals include ensuring that adequate protective eyewear is provided, that information on the health risks associated with sunbeds use is provided, and prohibiting sunbed outlets and retailers from attributing health benefits to sunbed use. My Department has already completed a considerable body of work in relation to the proposed legislation. Subject to Government approval, work will proceed on drafting the required legislation. My aim is that the legislation will be initiated in the Oireachtas before the end of this year.