From the Botax to the “Glow Tax”. Taxing tanning beds and the fight against skin cancer.

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Ahhh, the perfect tan. It’s hard to argue how healthy and refreshed someone looks with a golden glow. With the warmer weather approaching we all want to look our best while we’re wearing less. Proms, weddings, and island getaways send legions of glow-getters off to the tanning salon. Well, this year that’s gonna come with a price: a 10% tax to be precise.

Botax” is out, and the “Glow Tax” is in. Washington added a 10% tax on any tanning treatments involving more than one UV light, hoping to reign in an additional $2.7 billion over the next 10 years. Unlike the cosmetic surgery tax, there is legitimate medical evidence that this tax is on a product that is detrimental to your health. Risks of skin cancer, burns, and eye damage are all increased with intentional exposure to UV light, and the cost of treating these conditions undoubtedly contributes to our already overwhelmed health care system.

For all the pale people crying injustice, take a minute to think about this. Melanoma is a preventable disease (by limiting UV exposure) yet it is responsible for 75% of all skin cancer deaths (10,000 a year), and it is now the most common cancer in young men and women aged 25-29. There are as many new cases of melanoma each year in the US as there are new cases of AIDS!  Of course, tanning beds are not the only culprit , but they certainly don’t help.

Regardless of which idea scares you more, the cancer, or the tax, you should know that there are plenty of great options to get a radiation-free tan.  These are our favorites:

Brazil Bronze Faux Glow Airbrush Tan ($60, full body, brazilbronze.com)

Xen-tan ($22-39, Xen-Tan.com)

Loreal Sublime Bronze ($8.97, Walmart.com)

We hope that this enlightens you to keep Fighting Fine Lines by wearing broad spectrum sunscreen every day, by limiting UV exposure of any type, and by getting any suspicious spots looked at by a professional.

If all else fails, let the pale prevail!

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4 responses to “From the Botax to the “Glow Tax”. Taxing tanning beds and the fight against skin cancer.

  1. MAS

    The debate is still on for the “Glow Tax”. No one’s really arguing that tanning isn’t a necessary or healthy thing to do, but they are concerned about the welfare of small businesses like tanning salons. Speculation is that 1,000 tanning salons could close and leave 9000 without jobs. If smokers continue to be willing to pay despite massive tax increases over the past few years, isn’t it safe to assume that the tanners will too? And aren’t most of these places offering UV free alternatives these days? What do you think?

  2. MAS

    Did you know that you have a 75% higher risk of developing skin cancer if you use tanning beds regularly before the age of 30? A new finding from the Journal of Oncology.

  3. US Reps have actually proposed a bill earlier this year regarding new standards of use for tanning beds. Currently tanning beds are classified as “minimal potential risk” devices. It’s absurd that it could even be placed in a category with things such as band-aids, while it’s evidenced by research that UV damage is a prime cause of skin cancer. Here’s an article on the proposed bill:
    http://blog.beauty-goodies.com/health-fitness/mirror-mirror-on-the-wall-whos-the-tannest-one-of-all/

    • MAS

      Hi Beauty Goodies!

      This is a great point. It is amazing that tanning beds are classified as Class I devices when there is plenty of research to suggest the danger of using them regularly. As with any indulgence, the key is moderation. Overdoing anything in life is usually not a good thing. Thanks for reading… and writing!

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