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Newspaper: Some tattoo inks carcinogenic

Not only is tattoo ink completely unregulated in Finland, it may also be carcinogenic, reports the regional daily Turun Sanomat.

Ira Kinnunen tatui käsivartta.
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“There should be rules regarding what can be injected into people’s skin,” Marilla Lahtinen, a high-ranking official with Finland’s Ministry of Social Affairs and Health, told the newspaper.

At the moment the Finnish tattoo industry is self-regulated, but there is a move by health officials to step in after a law was passed in Sweden in June to control tattoo inks.  

A fresh Danish study of 61 tattoo pigments found that more than 20 percent of the inks were highly toxic and increase users’ risk of developing cancer, reports Turun Sanomat.

Studies in Switzerland and Sweden have also indicated that many inks punctured into customers’ skin are loaded with carcinogens and heavy metals—even arsenic.

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