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Indoor tanners hit with excise tax

Posted On Wed, July 7, 2010

Tanning beds pose a major health risk, so much so that this July a federal law imposing a 10 percent excise tax on indoor tanning took effect. Now, those who frequent tanning salons are subject to paying more for life insurance and their glowing skin.

The money obtained through the excise tax will be used to help finance the $940 billion health care reform bill, says the Tax Foundation.

Ultraviolet rays emitted from indoor tanning beds increase a person's risk of developing skin cancer. The Skin Cancer Foundation says that indoor tanners are 2.5 times more likely to develop some forms of the disease.

The tan people develop from ultraviolet rays is an unhealthy reaction, according to scientists.

"Recognizing exposure to the rays as an 'insult,' the skin acts in self-defense by producing more melanin, a pigment that darkens the skin," says Food and Drug Administration scientist Sharon Miller. "Over time, this damage will lead to prematurely aged skin and, in some cases, skin cancer."

Skin cancer is the most prevalent form of this disease. Over 8,500 people died from melanoma last year, according to the American Cancer Society. People can reduce their chances of developing the disease by limiting their exposure to UV light. ADNFCR-2297-ID-19878865-ADNFCR

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