Indoor Tanning Tax in Effect on July 1, 2010

A federally imposed indoor tanning tax of 10% went into effect on July 1, 2010.  The intended goal of the tax is to show consumers indoor tanning is not safe.  Indoor tanning leads to a 75% increase in the risk of melanoma, the most deadly form of skin cancer.

Over one million new cases of melanoma will be diagnosed this year in the United States.  Statistics show that the rate of diagnoses is increasing in women age 15-29,  with indoor tanning as the likely culprit.

"These national and state-wide efforts send a clear message to Americans, especially young people, that tanning is not safe and that a tan is not a sign of good health," said dermatologist William D. James, MD, FAAD, president of the American Academy of Dermatology Association (AADA). "Indoor tanning is an unhealthy activity and UV radiation exposure increases ones risk of skin cancer."

The new federal indoor tanning tax will affect the almost 30 million people who indoor tan each year. Over two million teenagers use indoor tanning, although more states are beginning to place age restrictions on tanning booth usage.

Skin cancer is the most preventable type of cancer.  Paying attention to the dangers of tanning is the most effective way for individuals to monitor their skin cancer risks.  We have previously posted a number of articles relating to the inherent dangers of tanning and especially tanning beds.  

  • Summer safety includes sun safety.
  • American Dermatology advice on sun safety.
  • Dermatologists campaign to educate teens about sun dangers.
  • Consumer Reports findings about the dangers of tanning beds.


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