Children in Wales will be banned from using sunbeds from next week.
The Sunbeds (Regulation) Act 2010 will make it an offence for an operator of a sunbed business in England and Wales to allow under 18s to use sunbeds on their premises from April 8.
Health Minister Edwina Hart said: “These measures are designed to protect young people from the increased risk of developing skin cancer resulting from the use of sunbeds.”
Mrs. Hart also confirmed that unsupervised sunbed use will be banned in Wales from October 31.
A study by Cancer Research UK in 2009 commissioned by the minister found that 8.2% of children in Wales aged 11-17 had used a sun bed at least once with another 16% saying they may use one in future.
In addition, the Act enables the Welsh Assembly Government to introduce stricter controls on sunbed use, which will be enforced by local authorities.
Action by the Welsh Assembly Government to introduce stricter controls on sunbed use was made possible by a private members bill in the UK Parliament introduced by the former Cardiff North MP Julie Morgan.
The new proposals would also require tanning salons to provide protective eyewear to adults using sun beds and to display only specifically approved health information about the effects of sun beds.
“While our main focus is to protect children and young people, the regulations also provide the requirement for sunbed operators to provide more advice and protection for adults,” added Mrs. Hart.