A 10% tanning bed tax hasn't deterred people with a hankering for golden-brown skin, salon owners said, but it is changing how they go about getting it.
Passed in December as part of the federal government's health-care-reform act, the indoor sun bed tanning tax went into effect on July 1. It is expected the bring in $2.7 billion during the next 10 years, according to an estimate by the U.S Congress Joint Committee on Taxation.
Tanning has come under increasing scrutiny, as medical research shows a direct link between sun exposure and skin cancer. There is a 75% increased risk for melanoma for those who use tanning beds in their teens and young adulthood, according to the World Health Organization.