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Elective Cosmetic Tax Removed – Tanning Tax Proposed

Posted by drbg on December 22, 2009

The controversial elective cosmetic tax proposed by the Senate has reportedly been dropped in favor of a ten percent tax on indoor tanning, a decision receiving support from the American Academy of Dermatology.

According to news sources for the Wall Street Journal, the tanning tax had been “on the table” before the elective cosmetic was finally added to the bill.

Representatives of the Indoor Tanning Association say their members – small business owners mostly – have been “thrown under the bus.”

What’s your opinion? Does the public health risk posed by indoor tanning salons justify a sin tax of this kind?

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