Health reform tax – Spend 10% more for tanning


If you are planning to go to tanning salon this weekend, be ready! This time you will have to pay 10% extra. Yes! If your package used to charge $40, you will be paying $44 for your tanning services during every visit. As part of the healthcare reform bill, a new tax has been imposed since July 1 on products that give off UV rays.  The bill is approved with the intention of improving safety at tanning salons. Minors are required to have consent from their parents before getting tanned services.

I have mentioned in my earlier posts how tanning be harmful for the body. It might give glowing skin, but could pose skin cancer if used regularly as shown by recent scientific studies. 

Why is this tax imposed on tanning products?
According to, a 10% tax on people receiving indoor tanning services is expected to generate $2.7 billion over 10 years that will help to fund the $940 billion health care overhaul.

What kinds of tanning products are being taxed?
The tanning tax will apply to all of those 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 and tanning lotions are not included in the tax.

How this tax is related to cosmetic surgery tax?
It’s been reported that 5% tax on cosmetic surgery, which is also called “Botax” that was originally included in the bill has been replaced by 10% tanning tax. Botax included Botox injections and breast implants among other elective surgeries, but it was cut out of the bill...

last year after heavy lobbying from the medical and dermatology industries.

What is the reaction of tanning industry?
Tanning association believes that the tax is unfair to both salon owners and consumers. Consumers come for tanning with their choice and new tax will affect their choices. As an attempt to remove the tax, the Indoor Tanning Association has launched a website,, where tanning salon owners and customers can send personalized opposition letters, directly to state representatives and senators.

The Indoor Tanning Association also mentioned that Botax tax was expected to generate $5.8 billion, more than double the amount the tanning tax is projected to raise. That’s why they are incapable of doing lobbying against the tax. However, if you would like to support tanning industry association, you can send your views to state representatives and senators directly through the website.

I always believe in natural remedies and natural options, even to get tanned. Various studies have proved that tanning beds are not safe for the skin if used regularly. If you think the tax is really high, this is a good time to avoid going to tanning salons or decreasing your visits to salons. However, if you are still interested in tanning at salons, you should pass your views to the politicians through the

Healthy Tanning!

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