(Closed) Bees who Indoor Tan…

posted 8 years ago in Wellness
Post # 3
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

Geez this is stupid. Next thing you know there will be taxes to do anything unhealthy. Next thing you know there will be special taxes on non-organic food, cigarettes (oh wait! haha), non-energy safe light bulbs, diet pills, lotion without sunscreen….sigh.

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

I don’t know… I tan, but I don’t mind the tax.  Really, tanning is a luxury, not a necessity.  Plus I know that by tanning I do put myself at greater risk for some heath issues (though I still choose to do it anyway), and I think it’s only right that since my luxury choices will raise the average cost of health care in the country, that I pay a little more to offset that increase.

It’s like Oliver Wendell Holmes said: “I like to pay taxes. With them I buy civilization.”

Post # 6
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

There’s a lot of things in that legislation that need to die.

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2010

@greenleafmountain I agree with you.

I LOVE to tan and I’ve off and on tanned for years, but… it’s now in the top category for carcinogens. Just like cigarettes. So… yeah, its a luxury and a health hazard, so it’s ok to me for them to tax it.  Knowing they’ve got this tax, and that new categorization is really what made me realize I’ve done enough tanning in my life. Hello bottle tan!

However, I waited till after my wedding to quit, so I can understand wanting to continue tanning! It does feel amazing and I love how I look tan. I just don’t want to be leathery too soon and have skin cancer.

Post # 8
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

They should tax people who are overweight then. I’m pretty sure obesity causes more problems in this nation than tanning. Last I checked heart disease is the #1 killer in America. Childhood diabetes is a huge problem, too.

Tax on my bacon? hmmmmm. I like bacon. That’s a toughie Tongue out

I just see this as the first step. What is the next thing they tax? I just don’t like the way this smells.

PS i don’t believe in taxing obese people by any means, I just think it’s correlative to rising health care costs. If the government starts taxing unhealthy things, where does it stop??? Makes me nervous as hell.

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

ejs- they do tax fattening things, that’s what the tax on juice drinks and soda is all about.  It’s not like we’re throwing people in jail over these issues or even making the tax prohibitively high.  Using luxury taxes to target people who make greater use of certian government resources is nothing new.  Look at the tax on gasoline.  I drive my car to work, thus I contribute to greater wear and tear on the roads, but I offset that increase through the gas tax.  My Fiance walks to work, doesn’t cause as much wear and tear, and doesn’t pay as much tax.

Luxury taxes are nothing new.  One of the first taxes in Philadelphia in the 18th century was a tax on glass windows.  The city authorities figured if you were rich enough to have glass window panes (which were a luxury at the time) then you were rich enough to contribute something to the upkeep of the city.  If you were so poor that you had no windows or your windows had no glass in then, then you were considered too poor to afford a tax.

One of the main reasons the American colonists objected so strenuously to the Stamp act and the tax on tea was because they were considered NOT to be luxury taxes.  Everyone needed the things that the Stamp Act taxed, like wills, deeds, etc. and tea was not considered a luxury.  The outrage was over the fact that the British would tax a necessity instead of a luxury.

/endhistoryrant 😉

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

UGH!  More taxes! We all pay plenty of taxes, really we need to pay the government more?!  I think its crap!  How about we worry about EVERYONE having health insurance in America before they start to screw us out of more of our hard earned money! 

 

TOTAL CRAP! Tongue out

Post # 12
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

@KJpugs – But tanning does effect others….skin cancer is the most common cancer in America….which correlates to higher insurance rates. Second, when people die of skin caner, their family members are left without a loved one. I am left without anybody walking me down the aisle because my dad died of skin cancer three years ago.  At 28, I had to arrange for my fathers funeral plans because my Mom was too broken. I cannot have that father – daughter dance I always dreamed of. My kids won’t have a grandfather. My mother is a widow. My friends didn’t understand my grief and I lost many friendships.   I know you didn’t want to hear the that cancer kills – but it does have huge effects on others. It has devastated me. Sorry for my vent – but I feel that the tan tax is a great thing. I hope it prevents an unnecessary death.

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