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Health care bill brings a new tax on tanning

By Wainwright Jeffers - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) – One way to help pay for the new health care law is a new tax on tanning.

A 10 percent tax on indoor tanning services is expected to generate $2.7 billion over ten years.

Salon goers and managers don't like it and say it will hurt business.

"A lot of the customers want to know what they're going to tax next, the sun. If we're under the sun a certain amount of time are they going to tax us for that, it's not been going over well with the customers," said Angela Gillard, Tropical Sun Tanning Manager.

The American Academy of Dermatology says indoor tanning before the age of 35 increases your risk of getting the deadliest form of skin cancer by 75 percent.

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