The ban of commercial solaria in Victoria from December 31 2014 was announced by premier Ted Baillieu and health minister David Davis in a move to protect people from skin cancer.
Mr Baillieu commented that the days for solaria in Victoria are "numbered" with skin cancer being one of the most preventable cancers, yet still being the most common form of cancer in Victoria.
The Victorian coalition government's Skin Cancer Prevention Framework 2013-2017 was launched yesterday (December 13), with Mr Baillieu saying that the framework is the first of it's kind for the state.
"The Framework outlines how we will co-ordinate an effective and sustainable approach for skin cancer prevention over the next five years," Mr Davis said.
"The use of tanning devices such as sunbeds is continuing to put Victorians at risk of skin cancer," Mr Davis said.
Research has shown that the risk of melanoma is said to increase by 87 per cent when the use of tanning devices has started before the age of 35 said Mr Davis.
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