I don't like sunbeds.
I cannot see any redeeming features in the devices. They are there to pander to the vain and serve no useful purpose whatsoever.
Would I ban them?
No. Why should I want to? The don't affect me. In fact they don't affect anyone except those who use them, and anyone who is self obsessed enough to climb into one and barbecue themselves can take what's coming to them. They know the risks.
Of course our minister for sickness Fatso Reilly and the Irish Cancer Society want them "regulated" which ultimately means "banned".
You see, people need to be protected. Fatso states that measures are "required to protect the public, in particular children and young persons, from the risk of skin damage ". We really cannot think for ourselves so everything should be regulated, banned or labeled with huge warnings. As for the children…. aw! The poor precious mites……
Frankly I can't see how the public are affected by sunbeds. Do they emit gamma radiation that fries everything in a fifty yard radius? Do they emit microwaves that addle the brains of the entire neighbourhood? No. The only people who apparently need "protecting" are the people who use them. Unless there really is secondhand ultraviolet light?
Once upon a time, cigarettes were the most deadly substance on the face of the planet. No safe level and all that shit. Now apparently sunbeds are equal in danger to cigarettes and plutonium. "Research" tells us so, therefore it must be fact.
I do wish that O'Meara one would shut up and fuck off. She's an irritating bitch who seems to think her role in life is to lobby for protective legislation. She seems to be under the illusion that she is somehow special and can see dangers in things that we can't. What's worse is that she has Fatso's ear and puts these daft ideas in his head, as if he didn't have enough daft ideas of his own.
So leave sunbeds alone. If people are stupid enough to want to fry themselves in one then that's their business. If they kill themselves, then that is just Darwin at work, strengthening the gene pool.
In the meantime, I'm going to find me a sunbed and see if I can turn it into a nuclear bomb.