Out With The Botax, In With The Indoor Tanning Tax

After vocal outrage from doctors and patients and a lobbying campaign by Allergan and Medicis, Senate leaders have removed the so-called Botax from the much-reported-on healthcare reform bill, which would have imposed a 5% tax on elective cosmetic procedures in order to help pay for the legislation's cost.

However, another cosmetic tariff is taking its place: an indoor tanning tax. As proposed, whenever someone visits a tanning salon to utilize one of its beds, he or she will be charged a 10% tax.

Aside from avoiding a tax on many of their most popular procedures, dermatologists are probably happy about this switch due to tanning bed dangers, about which they are frequently telling their patients. The indoor tanning industry, however, is downright irate.

John Overstreet, executive director of the Indoor Tanning Association, said in a statement, "The irony is that ultraviolet light at least has proven health benefits where Botox treatments have none"-a claim that reveals more resentment than research. The World Health Organization recently moved tanning beds into the highest cancer-risk category, backed by studies showing that its danger outweighs its vitamin D-inducing virtues. Meanwhile, in addition to its cosmetic purposes, Botox has been shown to help with pain reduction for breast reconstruction, TMJ and migraine patients, reduce excess sweating in hyperhidrosis patients, relieve symptoms of depression, and more.

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