Reason: The Vanity Tax

I am going to avoid introducing one of Reason’s articles with my usual disclaimer of their Randian love for free markets and instead just jump right in.

The Vanity Tax on tanning beds, the science behind it, and how it was sold to the American public.

While being strongly against the tanning tax and future vanity taxes, the article does not close the door on discussion as to why a vanity tax may be viable.  That’s something admirable about Reason’s conservative discussion.

A tasty teaser:

The government doesn’t have a lock on this approach. On the same day that the tanning tax goes into effect, Newton Medical Center, a non-profit hospital in Kansas, will start charging its employees who smoke cigarettes a $70-per-month “tobacco-user surcharge” on their health insurance premiums.



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