Gordon, LG and Sinclair, C and Cleaves, N and Makin, JK and Rodriguez-Acevedo, AJ and Green, AC, Consequences of banning commercial solaria in 2016 in Australia, Health Policy, 124 pp. 665-670. ISSN 0168-8510 (2020) [Refereed Article]
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Methods: Instances of illegal solarium prosecutions and tanning bed confiscations in the state of Victoria (population 7 million) were obtained from government surveillance records. Consumer interest for indoor tanning and spray/fake tanning were assessed using Google Trends' Search Volume Index (range 0 to maximum 100). Long-term health economic effects were estimated using a Markov cohort model.
Results: The Victorian Government completed 13 prosecutions and confiscated 39 illegal tanning units. Consumer interest for indoor tanning reduced to less than one quarter of pre-regulation seasonal peaks (Search Volume Index 12/48) while spray tanning interest remained high (70-88). For young Australians over their remaining lives, banning commercial indoor tanning is expected to avert 31,009 melanomas (-3.7%), avert 468,249 keratinocyte cancers (-3.6%) and save over AU$64 (US$47) million in healthcare costs and produce over AU$516 (US$375) million in productivity gains.
Conclusions: Three years after the nationwide ban, regulation enforcement activities have decreased, and consumers have adopted substitute tanning methods.
|Item Type:||Refereed Article|
|Keywords:||ultraviolet radiation, indoor tanning, sunbeds, government regulation, healthcare costs, melanoma|
|Research Division:||Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services|
|Research Group:||Human resources and industrial relations|
|Research Field:||Occupational and workplace health and safety|
|Objective Group:||Evaluation of health and support services|
|Objective Field:||Evaluation of health and support services not elsewhere classified|
|UTAS Author:||Makin, JK (Ms Jen Makin)|
|Web of Science® Times Cited:||6|
|Deposited By:||Menzies Institute for Medical Research|
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