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The Public Health etc. (Scotland) Act 2008 (Sunbed) Regulations 2009

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(Regulation 3)

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HEALTH WARNING

INFORMATION FOR SUNBED USERS

You should be aware that using sunbeds may harm your health in the long term. They have been linked to:—

  • a significantly higher risk of skin cancer including malignant melanoma (the most serious form of skin cancer);

  • eye damage including a higher risk of cataracts – if appropriate eye protection is not worn;

  • accelerated skin damage, including premature ageing of the skin.

These health risks outweigh any potential benefits in using sunbeds to supplement Vitamin D.

There are also short term health effects:—

  • sunburnt skin, which may become red, painful and blister;

  • skin dryness;

  • an itchy “heat” rash;

  • eye irritation or conjunctivitis if appropriate eye protection is not worn.

You may be at increased risk of harm from sunbed use if you:—

  • have a history of skin cancer or someone in your close family has a history;

  • have fair or sensitive skin that burns easily in sunlight;

  • have a history of sunburn especially in childhood;

  • have a large number of freckles and/or red hair;

  • have a large number of moles;

  • already have skin damage due to sunlight;

  • have a medical condition that is made worse by sunlight;

  • are taking medication or using certain creams that may sensitise the skin to sunlight;

  • have an immune system which is suppressed.

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