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Blow To The Gym,Tan, Laundry Crowd: Tanning Tax of 10% In Effect

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Blow To The Gym,Tan, Laundry Crowd: Tanning Tax of 10% In Effect

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Many Americans don’t know what all was included in the Healthcare Bill which was passed at the end of last year. Heck, I’d bet some of those who voted on it don’t know all that’s in it! One measure that I think is fantastic is the 10% tax on tanning salons. That’s right, those who subscribe to the Jersey Shore’s mantra of  “Gym, Tan, Laundry” may need to re-think that lifestyle. We know that indoor tanning can be just as harmful as cigarettes, and by the looks of some men and women, just as addictive. As a matter of fact, a study showed that use of tanning beds is addictive because it induces the release of endorphins. The 10% tax was introduced into the legislation on all indoor tanning sessions as a way of reducing the cost of extending health care to many of the medically uninsured. This is expected to raise $3 billion in tax revenue over the next 10 years.

The Skin Cancer Foundation and similar groups hope the tax discourages tanning, which the New York group says increases the chances of developing melanoma by 74 percent. Frequent users are 2.5 to 3 times more apt to develop the skin cancer than people who never use them. Frequent use is described as people who used tanning devices for more than 50 hours, or more than 100 sessions, or for more than 10 years. Not only is indoor tanning give you a higher risk of skin cancer, but being uber tan is not a good look for women after a certain age. Tanning will also age your skin — not only on your face, but your hands, decollete, and eventually all over!

Some are against this measure and think it’s not fair that indoor tanning is taxed while other things which are “bad” such as food with high fructose corn syrup and saturated fat aren’t taxed. It’s true that it’s a slippery slope, and most Americans don’t want the federal government creating a Nanny State and controlling how much what we can eat, what we can do, and how much energy we can use by taxing certain things. But if we are expecting the government to take care of us with health care, I think that this is what you get. In life, gifts are typically given with strings attached. Provide for yourself, and you don’t have to deal with the “strings”.

– Miss A

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In 2008, I launched AskMissA.com which grew from my personal blog into a site with 700 writers, covering the intersection of charity & lifestyle in 20 U.S. cities. With Charity + Life, I am going back to a personal blog where I can share my favorite things, and continue to shine a light on nonprofits, and cause marketing campaigns to inspire others to give as they live.

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