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Aust N Z J Public Health. 2009 Oct;33(5):491-4. doi: 10.1111/j.1753-6405.2009.00436.x.

Changes in solarium numbers in Australia following negative media and legislation.

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  • 1Centre for Behavioural Research in Cancer, Cancer Council Victoria, Carlton, Victoria.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To monitor changes in the number of indoor tanning facilities in Australia's capital cities following widespread negative publicity and the introduction of legislation in some states.

METHODS:

An audit of listings under Solarium/Tanning Centres in the most recent hard copy Yellow Pages for Australia's capital cities was conducted, and results were compared with those from a previous audit from 2006.

RESULTS:

There was a 32% drop in solarium listings for Australia's capital cities between 2006 and 2008/09. In most cases, larger decreases were observed in states where legislation was introduced.

CONCLUSIONS:

Despite underestimating solarium numbers, regular audits of business listings can be a useful way of monitoring trends, particularly when more accurate figures are not available. Solarium numbers can decrease following a combination of negative publicity and legislation.

IMPLICATIONS:

To achieve and maintain predicted reductions in skin cancer incidence, mortality and costs to the health system, solarium legislation should be a priority for those states where it has not yet been introduced, accompanied by compliance monitoring and enforcement to ensure it is effective.

PMID:
19811490
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