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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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