Why? Well, to start, the government needs more money. (The tax is expected to bring in $2.7 billion over 10 years.) But that’s not the only reason. Tanning isn’t exactly the healthiest activity. Last year, tanning was compared to being as bad for you as arsenic. (You know how cigarettes are taxed? Well, lawmakers now treat smoking and tanning similarly.) The Melanoma Research Foundation reports: “The incidence of people under 30 developing melanoma is increasing faster than any other demographic group, soaring by 50 percent in young women since 1980.” Scary!
But, lots of people still tan. And the ones who do aren’t happy about the government deciding to tax their vice. Today, Nebraskans are holding protest rally against the tax. Why Jersey natives didn’t think of this first, we’re not sure.
+ Do you tan?