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Health Care Bill imposes tax on tanning salons

Attention bronze beauties: the health care bill is imposing a 10% tax on all customers using tanning salons.

According to CNN.com, this tax is supposed to help the $940 million health care plan, and it is expected to generate $2.7 billion over the next decade.

But how will it affect tanning salons? Most tanning salons charge about $40 to $60 per month or at least $15 per session. With the economy in such bad shape, it is sure to affect their business. It will more than likely cause a decrease in their teenage and college-age clientèle, who are typically on a tight budget.

We've all heard the controversy over tanning beds for years. Researches say they cause skin cancer, while tanning salons argue that they want the FDA to base their decisions on sound science--not just a hunch. Many people who are against tanning salons believe the imposed tax is a great start on banning tanning salons altogether.

In the USA Today, Dr. Bruce Katz, spokesman for the Skin Cancer Foundation said, "We'd like to see tanning beds banned completely, but this is a good start."

So what do you think about the tax?

Posted on March 30, 2010 at 10:00AM | Permalink | 0 Comments