Tanning-Bed Enthusiasts Say Tax Won't Deter Them

July 1, 2010

The Philadelphia Inquirer

Visits to tanning salons could become more expensive today when a 10 percent federal tax takes effect, according to a Philadelphia Inquirer article. The levy is aimed at discouraging people from the practice, linked to rising skin cancer rates in young women. Like the tariff on cigarettes, the introduction of a tanning tax sends a message, said William James, MD, vice chairman of Dermatology. Tanning beds are dangerous. "It's going to help people understand that it's not just the local skin doctors that are over-the-top about this," said James, who is also president of the American Academy of Dermatology, which pushed for the tax. "It's the government and [World Health Organization] and others who have said, "This causes cancer. Let's do something about this." Read More