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Written on July 9, 2010 at 2:49 pm , by

It’s official. The much-anticipated “tanning tax” went into affect on July 1st, 2010. The ten percent tax on individuals receiving indoor tanning services was put in place by the U.S. federal government in an effort to generate $2.7 billion over the next ten years for health care reform, and to reduce the incidents of skin cancer as a result of exposure to ultraviolet lights from tanning beds (which were officially classified as carcinogenic in 2009).

Thoughts? If you tan in a salon, will the tax force you to cutback? And if you don’t use tanning beds, what’s your tip for getting glistening skin without the burn?

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3 Comments

  • Ana

    I think it’s crap, I’m already paying sales tax to go Tan, Tax on my gas to drive there, Tax on the clothes I wear there, Tax on the other services for my car, and Tax on the lotions I use when I do Tan. So crucify me for not wanting to be Geisha White! It’s total BS! I go tan 3 times a week for 15 min max! the rest of the time I go and I use the steam spa or the water massager. it’s pretty pathetic as if AMERICANS are not penny pinching already they want to TAX our 15 min escapes from reality!

    thats My mini vacation, my day after work quick fix, my sore and achey muscles retreat from the long run i did.

    WTF! when will the government quit this BS? How about they tax the big money getters obviously they have nothing better to spend there money since they are not fighting for us the PEOPLE to have rights, go ahead, TAX the governors ETC some extra money! They aren’t doing their JOBS ANYWAY!

    What next? TAX for walking? TAX FOR BREATHING THE CITY AIR?
    BS IT IS!

    FOR ALL THESE TAXES I SHOULD BE DRIVING ON GOLD! NOT THE POT HOLES I FIND EVERYWHERE!

  • Tamy

    I’m not for more taxes when the government spends our money so frivolously anyway, but I can see the merit in taxing something that has been scientifically proven to be SO bad for your health. I just hope the money really does go to pay for healthcare. The rest of us, who don’t plan on getting skin cancer (and actively prevent it), are going to be paying a lot for the 1 in 5 Americans who will have skin cancer in their lifetimes. I say let them pony up a little more for it themselves.

    Ana, 3 times a week?? I know people do that, yet I can’t bring myself to understand why. My grandmother died of skin cancer last year. Her quality of life over the last 10 years of her life was miserable because it was spent removing one spot of cancer after the next. The recovery from each surgery was long and painful and in the end they could do nothing for her. If I didn’t see the whole thing unfold right before my eyes I would not have recognized her. So much of her skin on her torso, arms, hands, face and neck was pure scar tissue. Horrifying. I cannot believe people still go outside or to tanning beds with the express purpose of frying their skin.

  • Val

    Why would anyone pay to go to a tanning booth, when there’s a perfectly good sun just outside your front door that you can tan under for free? Skip the tanning booth – take up an outdoor hobby. Even if you wear sunscreen, if you spend enough time in the sun you’ll get a tan.

    Or you could think of your future self, and skip the tanning altogether. It really does damage your skin in the long run. There are a lot of really great faux tanners these days, and a whole whack of bronzers to choose from. Faking a tan has never been so simple.