Lauren Galbraith is an avid indoor-tanner. She says, "I got my first membership in 9th grade." She's been doing it ever since and jumps into the lighted bed up 2-3 times a week. Galbraith says paying more than the $50 a month she already does would hurt financially. Lauren Galbraith says, "Even though it's only, it can be $4-$8 dollars, here and there, it just depends, that adds up. Being as this is a priority of mine and a necessity of mine I'm probably going to have to make some changes."
Steven Salmon, who owns Results Pro-Tan & Nutrition in Dallas says cutting out the 5% tax on elective cosmetic surgery and replacing it with a 10% tax on indoor tanning is unfair. It's a cost he'd be forced to pass on in part to his customers. Steven Salmon says, "If you look at where all the money is coming from, we're taking it away from small business owners. This originally started with taking it away from doctors and surgeons with the cosmetic tax and mostly on Botox."
But Dallas Dr. Bill Johnson, who does cosmetic procedures, says the tax on tanning salons is consistent with previous tax policies. Dr. Bill Johnson says, "We know there are some detrimental health effects from doing tanning salons and we've seen tax policy in the past on cigarettes taxes, on alcohol we're talking about taxes, on soft drinks. All things that have detrimental health effects."
Lauren Galbraith says the indoor-tanning helps her joints, skin and stress. She'd hate to give up any of her sessions, but if some in Washington get their way, Lauren Galbraith says, "It's not affordable for me. Something would have to change."
Bye, Bye Botox Tax. Hello, Tanning Tax.
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