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Perceptions of the solarium ban in Australia: ĎFake it, donít bake ití


Prichard, I and Dobbinson, S and Wilson, C and Hutchinson, AD and Rayner, J and Makin, J, Perceptions of the solarium ban in Australia: Fake it, don't bake it', Health Promotion Journal of Australia, 26, (2) pp. 154-158. ISSN 1036-1073 (2015) [Refereed Article]

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Copyright 2015 Australian Health Promotion Association

DOI: doi:10.1071/HE15002


Issue addressed: The causal link between ultraviolet radiation from solarium use and skin cancer is well established. In 2012 and 2013, state governments across Australia announced plans to ban commercial solarium use from 31 December 2014. The present study examined the responses of solarium and non-solarium users to the ban on commercial solariums in Australia.

Methods: Participants (n†=†488; 388 females, 100 males; mean age†=†26.02, s.d.†=†9.95) completed an online questionnaire during the summer prior to the ban relating to solarium usage and their opinions about the ban.

Results: Overall, 49% (n†=†237) of participants were aware of the impending ban; 17% (n†=†83) had used a solarium at some point in their life. The response to the solarium ban was positive; however, some current solarium users intended post-ban to use privately owned sunbeds and or spend a greater amount of time sun-tanning.

Conclusions: These findings indicate a high level of public support for the solarium ban, which has removed a risky source of ultraviolet radiation in Australia.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Health services and systems
Research Field:Health services and systems not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Public health (excl. specific population health)
Objective Field:Behaviour and health
UTAS Author:Makin, J (Ms Jen Makin)
ID Code:101877
Year Published:2015
Web of Science® Times Cited:2
Deposited By:Menzies Institute for Medical Research
Deposited On:2015-07-15
Last Modified:2017-11-05

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