Are Fake and Bakers on the Decline? New 10% Tanning Tax Takes Effect

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We've reported here before that tanning beds are on par with cigarettes in terms of cancer risk. In fact, the ultraviolet radiation they put out are about as lethal as arsenic--yes, poison. So we were happy to see the first part of the new health care law, which adds a 10% tax to indoor tanning services, went into effect Thursday; The tax will raise $2.7 billion over the next ten years which will go towards the rest of the health law, NPR's Morning Edition reports:

Dermatologists hope the new tax will deter indoor tanning -- which they say is every bit as dangerous as baking in the sun -- the same way tobacco taxes have helped cut down on smoking.

Fortunately for those who still want to tan responsibly, there is no tax on good ole' phthalate-free tanning lotions. CNN Money has the details:

According to guidelines from the IRS, the tax will apply to electronic products designed for tanning that use one or more ultraviolet lamps with wavelengths between 200 and 400 nanometers. Other sunless tanning options, such as spray tans, are not subject to the tariff.

And for those who'd rather bask in the sun, we highly suggest sunscreen; but first, find out if your brand is causing more cancer than it prevents.

Is tanning in salons your greatest green sin? Will this tax effect your habits or those of your friends? Tell us in the comment section, below.

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