DUBLIN, June 25 (Xinhua) -- A ban on the use of sunbeds by people under 18 years of age will take effect next month, a cabinet minister announced Wednesday.
At a ceremony, Minister for Health James Reilly signed into law the Public Health (Sunbeds) Act 2014.
He appealed to Irish people, especially young people to take it seriously the dangers to their health by over exposure to sunlight or tanning radiation.
There is growing evidence that teenagers and young adults are using sunbeds before landmark events such as communions and debs dances.
"What young people must realize is that they are putting their health at serious risk by using sunbeds," he said.
"I would ask all sunbed users to consider the pain and scarring and even possible death that can result from skin cancer and to ask themselves 'is it worth it'? Is having a 'healthy' tan really worth risking my life?"
Under the new law, it is illegal to sell or hire a sunbed to anyone under 18 and sunbed operators must make clear all the dangers of sunbed use.
Skin cancer is the fastest growing cancer in Ireland at the moment with over 10,000 new cases annually.