Top German court upholds sunbed ban for under-18s

Germany's highest court ruled Thursday that minors should be banned from visiting tanning studios due to health concerns, upholding a law that caused controversy in one of Europe's top sunbed markets.

The adopted the law in 2009 after a study showing that people under the age of 30 had 75 percent more chance of contracting from regular sunbed use than older people.

The Constitutional Court dismissed a complaint brought by tanning studio operators, judging that the ban was justified on public health grounds.

The court also threw out an appeal from a 17-year-old girl who said her human rights were affected by the ban.

It said that child-protection legislation aimed to prevent minors from harming themselves.

Germany is one of the top markets for artifical tanning, with 3,500 studios and 50,000 tanning cabins, if those in , fitness centres and hotels are included.

The sector employs some 32,000 people and the main manufacturers of tanning machines are headquartered in Germany.

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