The Price of Tanning Goes Up - DatelineCarolina

Tanning Shop Owners Upset Over New Tax

Owner of Vista Tanning Pamela Wessinger is angry about Healtcare Bill tanning tax. Owner of Vista Tanning Pamela Wessinger is angry about Healtcare Bill tanning tax.

By: Tia Pennix

Posted Mar 31, 2010 9:54 AM

The new Healthcare law includes a 10 percent tax on indoor tanning, and some owners of tanning shops in Columbia think the tax is unfair and discriminatory.

Pamela Wessinger owns Vista Tanning in Columbia, and she is against the tax.

"I don't think it's fair that they are implementing this for tanning salons because it is not something that's across the board for everybody," says Wessinger.

Lawmakers argue the tax is meant to discourage people from indoor tanning because they say it has serious health risks.  They point to an American Academy of Dermatology study that found a 75 percent increase among those who tan before age 35 of acquiring melanoma, the most dangerous type of skin cancer.

USC Student Morgan Brown says she's found alternative options to tanning because of the new tax and because of the health risks involved.

"Spray tanning is a great alternative. [I] know a lot of people who are turning to spray tanning instead because it's less dangerous," she says.

The new 10 percent tax replaces the 5 percent tax on cosmetic surgery like botox injections and breast implants, that was originally proposed in the bill.

 

 

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