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UK businesses banned from allowing under-18 sunbed use

Businesses in England that allow under-18s to use sunbeds risk being fined up to £20,000 (22.776 EUR) under new legislation.

The Sunbed (Regulation) Act 2010 stops young people using sunbeds in places including salons, leisure centres, gyms and hotels.

But, there will be no requirement for businesses to question for ID, or to keep a register of customers.

Cancer experts said the go would help protect children from developing skin cancer in later life.

Figures show that, on average, 6% of 11 to 17-year-olds in England use sunbeds, rising to 50% of 15 to 17-year-olds girls in Liverpool and Sunderland.

Data published by Cancer Research UK earlier this week showed more than two people under the age of 35 are diagnosed with malignant melanoma – the deadliest form of skin cancer – every day in the UK.

It will be up to local authorities to choose how to check businesses are complying with the law, using measures such as unannounced spot-checks or pre-plotted visits.

Members of the public will also be able to report concerns over a business allowing children and adolescents to use sunbeds.

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