A dark cloud is descending over the indoor tanning industry today – or so the industry would say. The tax on tanning services that was part of the Affordable Care Act signed into law by President Obama in March goes into effect July 1.
Tanning business owners have generally railed against the tax saying that it may spell the end of many small businesses. The Nebraska Indoor Tanning Association even planned a rally at the State Capitol building in Omaha yesterday morning to protest.
Despite any protests, it looks like tanning salons will no longer be operating in a relatively unrestricted environment. Just ahead of the tanning tax effective date, the American Academy of Dermatology Association (AADA) listed all its past and potential future victories in limiting the use of indoor tanning beds in a press release. In it, AADA President William D. James said that federal, state, and local 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.” Dr. James added that, “Indoor tanning is an unhealthy activity and UV radiation exposure increases one’s risk of skin cancer.”
The Obama Administration, through the Internal Revenue Service, is taking that message to the doorstep of the salons, which in turn, will be passing it on to tanners….
— Alicia Ault (on Twitter @aliciaault)