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Sunbeds found to be addictive for 1 in 3

Published on 21/04/2010
Research has shown that a third of sunbed users become addicted to the machines.

Those addicted are also more prone to alcohol and drug abuse, and were found to be more likely to suffer anxiety, according to the study by the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Centre in New York.

Sunbeds have long been associated with an increased risk of skin cancer, but the researchers said that their addictive nature should also be addressed, along with their potential relationship to other forms of addiction.

Participants in the research who were classified as addicted, or 'tanorexic', admitted that they felt guilty and wanted to cut down use.

However, the study was snubbed by Gary Lipman, chairman of the Sunbed Association, who said: "I am not a scientist but I have read enough scientific studies over the years to be able to see immediately that this one has little if any scientific merit."

Earlier this month, legislation was passed that makes it illegal for anyone under 18 to use a sunbed in England and Wales, following a similar law that was passed in Scotland in 2008.

The new legislation will come into practice next year.
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