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Snooki is pissed.  The most loved/hated character Nicole ‘Snooki’ Polizzi on the popular reality TV show The Jersey Shore tweeted ‘McCain would never put a 10 percent tax on tanning, because he’s pale and he would probable want to be tan.’

Former Presidential candidate John McCain replied via Twitter, ‘U r right, I would never tax your tanning bed! Pres Obama’s tax/spend policy is quite The Situation. but I do rec wearing sunscreen!’

During an MTV clip she professes that Obama is targeting ‘The Jersey Shore’ unfairly by implementing such a tax.  Before we dismiss her for argument for personal reasons, let’s discuss the facts of the tanning bill.  

Snooki is right.  From July 1st, a 10% tax on indoor tanning has been implemented, and over the next ten years the tax will generate $2.7 million to foot the bill for American’s health insurance according to Obama’s Affordable Care Act.  Indoor tanning is the most basal requirement for setting foot on the Jersey shore, but Obama is concerned for our skin and the possibilities of melanoma.  



Along with this bill, Texas has also implemented an age limit requiring children under the age of 18 to have a permission slip from their parents and children under 16 to have a parent or guardian present, and those under 13 years old to have a doctor’s note.  From a parental perspective it is arguable that indoor tanning to get a ‘Hollywood golden glow’ is completely unnecessary for children so young. 

A sunburnt Miley Cyrus

It is indeed difficult to determine a fair law dictating when young girls be granted the choice to engage in normalized practices of female grooming like shaving, getting manicures, or even vajazzling which has been a new craze where women get their private parts bling’d out with Swarovski crystals.  



According to Time Magazine, indoor tanning increases the chances of developing melanoma by 74% which is a fair reason for Obama to be concerned.  The bill, however beneficial it may be for the population remains problematic because it targets specific groups of people, and the supposedly positive outcomes need further examination.

President Obama is proposing that the potential damages of extensive UV tanning be monitored as closely as an exponentially larger epidemic such as obesity by putting on this excise tax.