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MSPs back sunbed ban for under-18s

Members of the Scottish Parliament have backed measures which will see under-18s banned from using sunbeds, in a bid to reduce the number of people developing skin cancer.

Coin-operated, unstaffed tanning salons are also to be outlawed under measures agreed by Holyrood's Health Committee.

If the amended Public Health Bill is passed by Parliament, salons would face a £100 fine if they are caught allowing under 18s to use sunbeds, and a £50 fine if they are caught operating unstaffed, coin-operated tanning facilities.

The measures are part of a series of amendments put forward by Labour MSP Ken MacIntosh, a long-term campaigner for stiffer controls on the tanning industry.

Mr MacIntosh said he had no doubt that the measures would be effective. "They will send out a very clear message to all operators," he said.

"It will start to tackle the increasing number of people developing skin cancer."

His amendments will also mean that sunbed parlours will have to provide information to users about the health dangers posed by tanning.

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