Tanning Tax Could Replace Elective Cosmetic Tax in Health Reform Bill

Over the weekend, news reports surfaced saying the elective cosmetic tax had been dropped from tanning_taxthe healthcare reform bill, but strangely, lawmakers decided to exchange one controversial tax for another.  They replaced the proposed elective cosmetic tax with a 10% tax on indoor tanning.

Representatives of the Indoor Tanning Association say their members – small business owners mostly – have been “thrown under the bus.” Others are applauding the idea, citing the serious health risks of tanning and the increasing appeal among young people.

What’s your opinion? Does the public health risk posed by indoor tanning salons justify a sin tax of this kind?

Dr. Lee B. Daniel, Aesthetic Plastic Surgery
244 Country Club Rd
Eugene OR   97401