Sunbed danger

UV Tanning Campaign pays a visit to the Haribo factory in Pontefract, to highlight the dangers of overusing, or incorrectly using tanning sunbeds. The lightbox shows up the invisible damage to skin caused by tanning beds. Senior Environmental Health officer Helen Atkinson shows what the invisible damage looks like.'p8384a215
UV Tanning Campaign pays a visit to the Haribo factory in Pontefract, to highlight the dangers of overusing, or incorrectly using tanning sunbeds. The lightbox shows up the invisible damage to skin caused by tanning beds. Senior Environmental Health officer Helen Atkinson shows what the invisible damage looks like.'p8384a215
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SUN-WORSHIPPERS are being warned about the dangers of tanning in a series of roadshows touring the district.

Wakefield Council is taking its UV Tanning Roadshow to venues across the district and inviting people to use the sun box – a device which uses polarised light to show damage to the skin.

The council’s environmental health team launched the event at Haribo in Pontefract to start informing the public that new legislation means it is illegal for anyone under 18 to use a sunbed.

Coun Maureen Cummings, cabinet member for communities and environment, said: “These roadshows are designed to not only get information out to the public on the dangers of sunbeds but also to remind people that new legislation prevents anyone under 18 from using sunbeds.

“The sun box won’t lie and I hope by showing people the damage the sun is having on their skin, they will be persuaded that it is not worth the risk.”

The roadshows compliment the Public Health Pharmacy campaign which warns people of the dangers of the sun or sunbeds and the increased risk of skin cancer.