A SUNBED addict claims he is proof that UV rays are not harmful — after tanning for 17 years.
Personal trainer Mike Smith, 36, spends £245 a month on salon sessions plus melatonin jabs.This is how Mike Smith looked before tanning for 17 years He defies doctors by claiming UV rays aren't harmful
He is defying doctors who insist UV rays significantly raise the risk of skin cancer.
Mike even claims his bronzing boosted his love life — and that his look helped him bed more than 100 women.
He said: “I can’t live with pale skin, it’s not attractive. I don’t feel good.
“I don’t judge people who are pale — some can’t help it or don’t mind it.
“But I love being dark. Women love it — I always get compliments on my tan and my body.”
Mike, of Brighton, East Sussex, started tanning at 19 and used to spend 36 minutes a day under the lights in double sessions at different salons — one for 20 minutes and the other for 16.
He now spends £160 a month on self-injected melatonin jabs plus £85 on unlimited sunbed access at a salon.
NHS guidance says people frequently exposed to sunbeds under 25 are at higher risk of skin cancer in later life.
Mike said: “Smoking cigarettes and tobacco could give you cancer but I’ve met many people who’ve smoked all their life without problems.
“Most Brits eat bacon every morning, which could give you heart disease, but no one is saying it should be illegal.”
Last year, Tory MP Pauline Latham branded sunbeds “killing machines”.
The World Health Organization says they are as dangerous as smoking.
Mike said: “I’m happy with my colour now but I have to keep it up.”Smith spends £245 a month to keep his tan He claims he can't live with a pale skin
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