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Tan Tax Goes Into Effect July 1

The Tan Tax Is Almost Here

There was talk of a "tan tax" before, but now it's for real. On July 1, tanning bed users are in for a price hike. That's when the newly-passed health reform bill's 10 percent tax on tanning goes into effect. The tax is a measure designed to discourage people from exposing themselves to the dangerously high levels of UV rays in tanning beds, since tanning bed users double their risks of developing melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer. Spray tan and self-tanners won't be affected, since they don't pose a health hazard and their tanning mechanism is unrelated to UV tanning. I'm glad for anything that discourages tanning, since it's unnecessary, causes premature aging, and has been proven to be terrible for you. Do you think a tax is the right way to get people to stop tanning?

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Bettye-Wayne Bettye-Wayne 6 years
Why are the anonymous comments the screwiest ones? #15 saying you get cancer from UV RAYS not TANNING BEDS is like saying you get cancer from TOBACCO not CIGARETTES.
Bettye-Wayne Bettye-Wayne 6 years
I'm glad they're taxing tanning beds, and I sincerely hope they DO start taxing cheeseburgers and ice-cream and soda and Doritos. I mean, if people are going to harm themselves, we may as well rake in some much-needed tax dollars while they're at it.
pamela87 pamela87 6 years
I'm opposed to the tax measure; unless they tax all "food" products with HFCS in them, I think it is VERY unfair. I think people's Coke and Doritos habits are MUCH more dangerous than an occasional tan.
tntstudent tntstudent 6 years
This is stupid, next they will be taxing cheeseburgers and ice cream! Tanning is fine in moderation and those of us who use it in moderation shouldnt be punished because some idiots cant tan safely! Are they going to tax me if i lay out in my backyard too :(
GummiBears GummiBears 6 years
Like alcohol, cigarettes, and all of the other "sin taxable" goods, it will not stop people from consuming these things. If you are a Chicagoan, you either go to a different county or go across state lines to get it cheaper.
lifeloveandlattes lifeloveandlattes 6 years
It is not up to the government to decide. Is it stupid to tan in tanning beds? Probably. Is it every American's choice to do so? Absolutely.
myystque myystque 6 years
I'm undecided about this because I'm not a big fan of government making policy to stop adults from doing things that only harm themselves (although I guess you could make a case that society is harmed once those people use up medical services, etc.). But to me, most people should be well aware (just like with smoking) that tanning is bad for you and if they still choose to do so, then why should government intervene? But, as a revenue measure, sure.
secondstar secondstar 6 years
It's times like these that make me appreciate my pale Irish skin with an inability to tan.
inlove23 inlove23 6 years
I defiantly agree with the tax! So many people in my old highschool were tanoxeric and a lot of them looked so much older than they were. I defiantly get super tan in the summer, but I would never ever use a tanning bed because it's so dangerous. Now thirteen year olds needs a prescription to go tanning. Ha!
skigurl skigurl 6 years
oh and i have a full time's not like i couldn't afford it...imagine young teenagers in highschool or college...they definitely shouldn't be able to afford it so the tax will deter for sure
skigurl skigurl 6 years
i agree, extreme costs will deter young women...just the other day i decided not to go tanning even though i feel pale and gross because it would have cost me $100 to buy a normal i decided to take that $100 and get a facial and do my skin a favor instead of harm
onlysourcherry onlysourcherry 6 years
I've never used a tanning bed in my life, but i always think these moral tax hikes are stupid. I'm sure we're in for many many more though since the bill passed.
jessvogel85 jessvogel85 6 years
I think it's a great idea! Most young women do not realize the increased risk to skin cancer from tanning beds, and many companies are very misleading. I saw a tanning salon that once advertised you should tan everyday to get your daily dose of Vitamin D! Ridiculous! An increase in the consumer's cost to tanning should hopefully deter some young women.
Who Is at Risk For Melanoma?
Melanoma Statistics From the American Academy of Dermatology
What Is Non-Melanoma Skin Cancer?
Skin Cancer Can Be Inherited
Melanoma Rates Higher Among Young Women
Health Poll: Have You Ever Used a Tanning Bed?
Skin Cancer Rates Rising Among Young Women

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