Summer 2010 (Vol. 27, No.2)

A Message from the President

As part of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act passed in March, 2010, a 10 percent excise tax on indoor tanning services went into effect July 1.

According to the Congressional Joint Committee on Taxation, this tax will raise an estimated $2.7 billion in revenues by 2019. But more importantly, in the view of The Skin Cancer Foundation, it should encourage people to avoid ultraviolet (UV) tanning. Last year, the International Agency for Research on Cancer, affiliated with the World Health Organization, declared ultraviolet radiation from tanning devices among the most dangerous forms of cancer-causing radiation. Tanning bed users are at higher risk of developing all forms of skin cancer, including potentially deadly melanomas of the skin and eyes.


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Sun & Skin News Summer 2010 (Vol. 27, No.2)

  • Ask the Expert

    I’ll be outdoors a lot this summer, and I want to protect myself from insects as well as the sun. Would it be better to use a product that combines insect repellent and sunscreen, or two different products? What would be the best way to apply and reapply these products?Read More