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Just before Christmas, the US Senate amended the healthcare reform bill (H.R. 3590) by dropping the proposed 5% tax on elective plastic-surgery procedures like Botox and replacing it with a 10% tax on indoor tanning. The tax, aka Tan Tax, will be effective July 1, 2010 and will only apply to tanning beds that deliver UV radiation, not spray tans.

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When my gay friend dragged me to a tanning salon a while ago, I was a little hesitant. I mean come on, EVERYONE knows about the risk of tanning but since I have never done it and I was craving for some color minus the hassle of using a self-tanner, I figured one tanning session would not kill me and I went along with it.