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Repeal the Tan Tax - NOW!

Tell Congress to Support H.R. 2092

On June 2, Congressman Michael Grimm (R-NY) introduced legislation to repeal the Tan Tax -- the 10% excise tax on tanning services that is being used to fund the Healthcare Reform Legislation that passed in the last Congress.

As you are well aware, the recession and this tax has resulted in numerous business closings and lost jobs. Since 2009, more than 3,100 businesses representing 15% of the industry have closed nationwide resulting in approximately 24,000 lost jobs in the private sector.

It's imperative that we make sure your Congressmen and Senators know how unpopular and unfair this tax is. If the millions of Americans who have to pay this regressive tax speak out, Congress will listen.

Suntan Supply and Indoor Tanning Association are working hard to repeal this tax. Please take a minute and send emails to your Senators and Congressman, urging each to support Congressman Grimm's Bill, H.R. 2092 and repeal this tax. Even if you already supported our earlier efforts to have the tax stripped out of the healthcare reform bill, it's vital to follow with additional emails today.

Click on this link and follow the simple instructions:

Repeal the Tan Tax NOW!

If everyone gets involved, we can repeal this tax. Contact the other salons in your area and spread the word about this legislation to repeal the Tan Tax. Have your employees, friends and family call, email and write, and don't forget to pass this link to your customers as well.

Dear Ohio Indoor Tanning Professional,

   The Indoor Tanning Association are working with Ohio businesses to defeat a bill pending in Columbus that would have a very negative impact on your business and take away a very basic right of parents -- the right to decide whether or not a teen can suntan indoors. H 119 – would require a teen under the age of 18 to have doctor's prescription to tan indoors! No matter what the parents say! This is a teen tan ban by another name!

    Based on our experiences in other states, we know that when business owners and citizens, who would be affected by such an unnecessary intrusion of government in their daily lives, let the legislature know they are adamantly opposed to a bill, we can stop it.

    Please take a minute to click this link:

    Business Owners and Employees Against the Ohio Teen Tan Ban

    This will send an email to your state Representative and Senator opposing this outrageous legislation.

    It's EASY. Once you are on the site, you can either personalize the letter already present in the message field or send it as is. Don't forget to enter your name, email address, phone number and organization (business name). The program directs the email to the proper offices.

    If you can get your friends and family to do this as well, please use this link we set up for customers:

    Customers Against the Ohio Teen Tan Ban

    This is a very serious threat, so please contact other salons in your area and spread the word about this legislation. Forward this email to anyone who is willing to support our campaign and encourage your employees, friends and customers to take part as well.

     If you have any questions or want to get more involved, please call or email the ITA at (202) 367-1142 or admin@theita.com

June Tan Tax news.
Here is the place to get all your questions answered.Click on the link below.

Tan Tax FAQ

May 26, 2010

ITA Member Alert

RE: New Anti-Indoor Tanning Study to be released Thursday

We want you to be aware on Thursday the American Association for Cancer Research (AARC) will host a press conference to announce the results of a study claiming that indoor tanning beds increase risk of melanoma. You should expect coverage to begin Thursday with the morning news shows.

The press release from the AARC made the following claims:

Use of indoor tanning beds increases risk of melanoma between twofold and fourfold depending on the device and length of time indoor tanning is used, according to a report in Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers Prevention, a journal of the American Association for Cancer Research.

In the largest study of its kind on this issue, researchers found that among 1,167 melanoma cases and 1,101 healthy controls, those who had tanned indoors had a 74 percent increased risk of melanoma. If the devices emitted primarily UVA radiation, the risk was 4.4-fold.

Risk increased along with greater years of use, number of sessions or total hours of use.

You should expect significant press attention.

Independent scientists reviewed the study and agree it has several significant deficiencies. We believe this is another flawed study engineered to arrive at a predetermined outcome and will make that case to any media who cover the story.

We will also issue the statement below.

If you receive questions from the press on this study or issues related to it, please use this statement or refer them to the ITA.

We will keep you up-to-date any developments.

ITA Response to American Association for Cancer Research article

May 24, 2010


The latest science is contradictory. A study out just two weeks ago from the MD Anderson Cancer Center found that UVA light does not cause melanoma.

Another study out this week claims that most sunscreens could actually promote the growth of skin cancers because they contain Vitamin A.

A study from a research affiliate of the Harvard medical school found that tanning offers protection against melanomas.

And, a number of other studies and experts also tout the cancer-fighting benefits of Vitamin D, which is produced by the skin with moderate UV exposure.

So clearly, lots of studies are reaching far different conclusions. These other findings may not be promoted to the media as actively as those who may have a specific agenda, but they show that science is still wrestling with this issue and there’s certainly still more to learn. We welcome a more complete body of research that will allow us to advise our customers how to achieve their goals without unnecessary risk of over exposure.

AACR Article

As for the study published in the AACR journal, the researchers averaged a group of people with the highest risk of melanoma (very fair skin and those with moles) with the general population and then concluded the risk applies to everyone. But it doesn't. Independent scientists have reviewed this study and noted that when you remove the high risk groups, there may be a reduced risk for tanning bed users.

When you look at the greatest risk factors identified in this study, tanning isn’t even one of the top factors noted. The number of moles a subject had, how fair their skin was, and the color of their hair were all stronger indicators of their risk of melanoma.

And even if you were to accept their risk factors, their study says the risk is about 1 in 5,000 that someone might develop a melanoma. Other scientists believe the risk actually is far lower than that.


When reputable researchers are coming to vastly different conclusions, it’s clear that a lot more research is needed. As various legislative bodies consider this issue, the science on both sides of the question needs to be weighed before consideration is given to any sweeping policy changes. Any potential regulation that would affect millions of people who have tanned for years with no ill effects needs to consider all of the risk factors in a completely unbiased manner.




http://www.multiplesclerosishelp.net/abc-news-vitamin-d-from-uv-exposure-can-decrease-cancer-by-up-to-80 http://abcnews.go.com/video/playerIndex?id=8794501




**Please Note: All human activity presents risk, especially if not done in moderation. Please tan responsibly.

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Stop the Tan Tax now !!!

Here is the latest update from the ITA .

Tan Tax – Time to Push for Repeal

The signing of the healthcare reform legislation was a bitter pill for everyone who worked so hard to defeat the Tan Tax. In our grassroots lobbying campaign against the tax, the industry generated 225,000 separate emails to Congress, an impressive number by any standard. We thank everyone who logged on and helped spread the word.

If there is any good news in the short term, it is the positive press and offers of support we have received from a number of Capitol Hill offices. This response, especially from the legislators who have said the tax is wrong, will hopefully be our springboard to a repeal of the tax.

We have not given up on repealing this unfair and regressive tax. Although we probably will not be able to stop the tax from going into effect on July 1, our lobby team is working with a group of friendly legislators on plans to repeal the tax. Please keep telling your representatives in Washington that this tax must be repealed.

Food and Drug Administration

On March 25, an advisory panel to the Food and Drug Administration recommended that the agency consider additional regulations on indoor tanning. This occurred despite testimony from the Indoor Tanning Association that existing regulations in the U.S. – already the most stringent in the world – are sufficient and that additional oversight would be excessive, unjustifiable and could significantly damage the entire industry.

It is important to note that the major media after the meeting reported that the panel called for a ban on teen tanning. This is simply not correct. The panel only called for consideration of an age restriction.

Unfortunately, the WHO/IARC report of last summer was repeatedly mentioned as a definitive reason for imposing additional controls. At the meeting, industry representatives told the panel that the WHO/IARC had many flaws.

The ITA told the panel that this report is a compilation of several studies that are many years old. It has been labeled, in the international community, as a political document, not a scientific one. Even the authors of the report acknowledge that "further studies could clarify our understanding and allow more definitive conclusions."

The FDA also noted that this issue could be clarified with more definitive study. The body of science on this issue has not changed in the past several years. We are confident that the FDA will recognize this. Based on what we know today, we believe there is simply not enough information or body of science to warrant changing regulatory policy.

More importantly, this advisory panel’s actions are only recommendations and it is our belief that the FDA will fully explore these issues and base any decision on sound science and fact. We look forward to working with the FDA through this process.

State Legislation

We chalked up a number of significant victories in state battles over the past month. Two bills calling for a teen tan ban in Maryland were defeated thanks to the hard work of Robin and Marty Eason (Sunseekers), Ryan Baker (Palm Beach Tan), and Russell and Penny Rice and Julie Barnhart (Tahiti Tan).

We also saw the Connecticut legislation fail to make it out of committee. The Connecticut effort was led by ITA board member, Karen Bentlage (Future Industries), Ed and Tommy Kelleher (Tommy’s Tanning).

Two Oklahoma bills, both containing age restrictions, also died in committee. As we move through the second quarter of 2010, there are 12 states that still have legislation pending, amounting to a total of 24 bills. It is interesting to note that 2 of the 12 states, New York and Pennsylvania, account for almost half of the bills still pending, including the proposed total ban on indoor tanning in New York.

Here is a recap of all state legislation.

  • Connecticut SB 263 – additional warnings, Died in Committee
  • Florida - H 205 -- Under 16 ban, S 430 -- Under 16 ban
  • GeorgiaHB 853 -- inspections, additional warnings, training, parental consent
  • HawaiiHB 653 -- Parental consent under 18
  • IndianaHRes 3 – Under 14 ban, Died in Committee
  • KansasKS 101 Under 14 ban, Died in Committee
  • MarylandHB 1039 – Under 18 ban, Defeated in Committee, SB 718 – Under 18 ban, Defeated in Committee
  • MassachusettsS903 -- Under 16 ban
  • MinnesotaH2296 -- Under 17 ban
  • MissouriHB 1822 – Under 16 ban, additional signage
  • New HampshireH 1160 -- doctor’s prescription under 18, Died in the House
  • New York -- S3461 -- Under 18 ban, A 9110 -- Under 18 ban, A9199 -- Under 16 ban, A9211 – Parent present each time under 18, S6905 -- - Under 16 ban, S5492 – Additional warning label, S7013 –Total Ban
  • North CarolinaS890 –doctor’s prescription under 16
  • OhioHB 173 -- Doctor’s prescription under 18, includes spray tanning
  • OklahomaS 1171 licensing, inspections, under 13 ban, Died in Committee, S 544 under 13 ban, ages 13-15, parent present each time, 16-17, parental consent-- Died in Committee
  • PennsylvaniaSB 460 -- Licensing, inspections, large fees, under 14 ban, under 18, parent present each time, SB 461 -- penalties--, HB 1992 – Licensing, parental consent 14-17, under 14, doctor’s prescription, HB2048 -- Licensing, parental consent 14-17, under 14, doctor’s prescription
  • Rhode IslandH7274 - Under 18 ban, S2205 - Under 18 ban
  • South Dakota - S.154 Under 18 ban –Defeated in the Senate, S.158 – Licensing, age and use restrictions – Defeated in the Senate
  • VermontH 53 Under 18 ban
  • Washington StateS. 6663 – licensing, under 18 ban, Died in the Senate, H 2652 -- doctor’s prescription under 18, licensing, inspection, training, Died in House
  • West Virginia - S.118 – Parental consent under 18 – Passed Senate, Died in House Committee
  • WyomingHB 63 – Under 15 ban, penalties – Amended, parental consent under 18, parent present 14 and under. Signed into law

**Please Note: All human activity presents risk, especially if not done in moderation. Please tan responsibly.



Stop the tanning scare please !!!

On Wednesday, July 29, 2009 this story was run on most major media outlets. Here is the headline.

Tanning Beds as Deadly as Mustard Gas, Arsenic


Then on the following week Monday, August 03, 2009 this story was run. With the headline.

Lack of Vitamin D in Children 'Shocking'


Should we all hide in caves? Is sunlight indoor our outdoor bad? Remember these are the same people who claim on one week chocolate is a cure all. Then the next week tell you that chocolate will kill you with just one bite.

So either the Media thinks the public is stupid or that we don't pay attention. Draw your own conclusions. The other problem is the first story is one sided and was created by people who have an agenda. For one of the many opposing views please read here. Note if you have time to do the research you'll find that positive studies on the human need for sunlight go back to the 1930's long before tanning beds where created. So the research was not done by someone connected to the indoor tanning industry.

Here is the response from the ITA.

Talking Points for Salon Owners  

Your customers may have seen recent news stories claiming that scientists say tanning beds are “as dangerous as arsenic,” or comparing indoor tanning to smoking tobacco. These stories are inaccurate and misleading, and are based on a misunderstanding of the actual research. We have prepared a brief guide for you, to help you answer any questions and concerns your clients may have.


What the news means:

·         Tanning beds have been categorized as “Group 1” by a group of scientists in France . “Group 1” means there is evidence that the use of tanning beds can increase the risk of skin cancer.

·         The information is not very new: sunlight is in the same category as tanning beds, and has been in that category since 1992. Just like sunlight, the light from tanning beds has UV rays that cause your skin to produce melanin.

·         Since 1992, thousands of doctors have recommended moderate exposure to sunlight for a variety of health benefits. Oprah guest Dr. Oz Mehmet and Dr. Andrew Weil are two prominent examples.

·         Being in the “Group 1” category does not say anything about the size of the risk, just that there is any risk at all. Some things in the category are very dangerous, like arsenic and mustard gas. Other substances only carry a very small risk, like red wine, beer, and salted fish.

·         News stories that say things like “tanning is as dangerous as arsenic” are flat-out wrong. The scientists have not made that kind of comparison at all, only reporters looking for a scary headline.

·         The report itself has not been made available. All the news stories are working off of a press release, and no reporters have actually read the report.

·         The IARC is a group of scientists that works with the United Nations. Their report is not a new study; it is a review of a paper from 2006, which itself was a review of 23 studies, some dating to the early 1980s. Those studies had a wide range of findings.

     o        Of the 23 studies:

§         5 were excluded for unusable data

§         6 had results suggesting that tanning beds actually reduce the risk of skin cancer

§         16 had results within the margin of error – In an election, experts will say that you shouldn’t trust a poll that shows one candidate ahead by 1%, with a margin of error of 5%.

·         Some news stories are including a misleading statistic: that tanning beds increase the risk of melanoma by 75%. This number comes from a study with questionable methods. The study’s authors admit that they did not adjust for factors like outside sun exposure and sun sensitivity. Even if the study is accurate, it does not mean that 75% of tanning bed users will get melanoma, it means that their relative risk is higher. Because the issue is relative risk, when the original risk is very small, a percentage increase that looks big actually translates into a very small added risk.

o        To use another example, your annual risk of a fatal car accident is about 0.013%. If that risk were increased by 75%, it would be 0.023%, or about 1 in 4,500. To put that number in perspective, the increase is 10 times smaller than the OSHA guideline for “acceptable risk.”