Seems like a step backwards, no?
With the recent tanning tax passed, which starting in July will charge indoor tanners an extra 10% for getting their bronze on, many businesses are preparing for the worse.
Now that tanners will be less likely to fork over the extra ca$$$h for the service tanning salons are expected to not only lose business, but shut down completely. It's projected that the heavily female owned business will force over 1,000 shops to close, resulting in 9,000 jobs being lost this year.
Vice President of the International Smart Tan Network Joseph Levy voices his concern, saying:
This tax is a microcosm of what's wrong in Washington. It was brought on by powerful lobbyists for Botox and the cosmetic surgery industry at the midnight hour before the bill passed. We were given no opportunity to present our side, and no due diligence was performed.
The smart tanning advocate adds:
"Tans are natural and intended, which dermatology continues to deny. To say that a responsible base tan damages skin is like saying exercise damages your muscles. It lightly damages the muscle fibers, with the result being that you're stronger afterwards. Our tanning clients are far less likely to get sunburned than the average person, which is where you have the greater risk."
He does make a valid point.
Now that indoor tanners are abandoning the UV beds, what's stopping them from laying out in the sun for hours at a time to achieve that bronze god or goddess look???
James Oliver, CEO of the Beach Bum Tanning, echos Levy's concerns and are prepared to fight the new tax by submitting an official petition to Congress as well as a full on media assault in hopes to reverse the decision.
What do U think of the tanning tax???
[Image via AP Images.]