By Karin McCay| email
Edited by Kristin Beerman | email
LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) – Starting July 1st, tanners will pay an extra 10% as part of a federal "tanning tax" to help pay for health care reform. Dermatologists are hopeful the extra charge will deter tanners, the same way smoking declined as cigarette taxes went up and up.
The Skin Cancer Foundation says this tax is hitting the right group. "Seventy percent of indoor tanners are young women. That's exactly the same population that has the highest incidence of melanoma," said Dr. Ali Hendi, with the Skin Cancer Foundation.
Meanwhile, salon owners remain adamant that tanning offers health benefits and even dermatologists admit some UV exposure allows the body to absorb vitamin D, but that vitamin D supplements and a healthy diet can do the same thing.
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