To help fund the $940 billion health care overhaul, a 10% tax on individuals receiving indoor tanning services was tacked on, and the initiative is expected to generate $2.7 billion over ten years. The tax has been in effect for a little over one week.

In an opinion piece by Natasha Altamirano on CNN, she says:

The health risks of indoor tanning are often cited as a justification for taxing it, but most of the burden of any related health costs falls on the individual rather than the public at large. Those in favor of a tanning tax…are seemingly arguing in favor of government intervention into people’s individual choices regarding their bodies, as if people don’t know tanning or smoking or eating fatty foods is bad for them and they need the government to step in and discourage it.

Altamirano goes on to say the tax will hurt small salons — 18,000 nationwide.

Most of these small businesses are owned by women, according to a trade association. “The association also notes that health clubs that offer indoor tanning services are exempt from the tax.”

How has this new tax affected YOUR salon? Leave your comments below.

Click here to read Altamirano’s piece in its entirety.