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May 7, 2013

ITA's statement on the FDA's proposal to Reclassify Sunlamp Products

The ITA represents reputable small businesses throughout the U.S. that already adhere to the highest professional standards including good manufacturing practices. We embrace any label changes that will lead to a better understanding of the potential risks of overexposure and thereby enhance our customers' safety. However we are concerned that the proposed requirements will burden our members with additional unnecessary governmental costs in an already difficult economic climate.

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6/28/2012

The Indoor Tanning Association's Statement on the Supreme Court's Ruling on the Affordable Care Act

Indoor Tanning Association Calls on Congress to Repeal the Tan Tax

The Indoor Tanning Association is extremely disappointed the Supreme Court did not rule that the 2010 healthcare reform legislation, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) unconstitutional.

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5/11/2012

Indoor Tanning Association's Statement on Restricting Teen Access to Sun Tanning

The Indoor Tanning Association believes that the decision regarding whether or not a teen is allowed to suntan is a decision for parents, not government. The industry strongly supports parental consent which is already the law in New Jersey and other states. However, it is a very slippery slope when government starts taking away the right to make very basic parenting decisions such as this. Is the next step to ban teens from sun bathing at public beaches and pools? 

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3/30/2012

The Indoor Tanning Association’s Statement on the Mayo Clinic Study regarding the Rise in Skin Cancer in Young Adults
We are surprised that an institution usually as well-respected as the Mayo Clinic would publish a report like this; the study itself has nothing to do with indoor tanning, yet the authors make a leap of pure speculation to suggest that rising melanoma rates may have a connection to indoor tanning. The fact is there is no consensus among researchers regarding the relationship between melanoma skin cancer and UV exposure either from the sun or a sunbed, despite what the press release would have you believe.

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2/1/2012

ITA’s Response to the Charge that Tanning Salons Make Exaggerated Health Claims.

While it is indisputable that there are benefits to moderate exposure to ultraviolet light resulting in the natural production of Vitamin D, some of the statements attributed to salon employees in the report are indeed inconsistent with tanning industry standards and how ITA members are encouraged to train their staffs. The majority of professional salons across the nation implement professionally developed training programs for all staff members.

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10/27/2011
Study Contends that Health Benefits of Ultraviolet Radiation Outweigh the Risks
In a Review Article covering 30 years of studies published in the journal Public Health Nutrition (September 2011), noted Norwegian researcher Johan Moan concluded that the overall health benefits of an improved vitamin D status may be more important than the possibility of increased CMM (cutaneous malignant melanoma) risk resulting from controlled UV exposure.
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10/10/11
California’s New Indoor Tanning Restrictions Will Cost Thousands of Jobs
The Indoor Tanning Association is disappointed that the California Legislature and Governor decided to ban teens under the age of 18 from tanning indoors.
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09/26/2011
The 2011 Board of Director's Election Voting is Final
The ITA is pleased to announce the results of the 2011 board elections in the Salon and Non-salon sectors.
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07/21/2011
ITA ACCEPTING NOMINATIONS FOR SEATS ON ITS BOARD OF DIRECTORS 
The Indoor Tanning Association is pleased to announce that the nomination period for seats on the ITA Board of Directors is now open.
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06/03/2011
LEGISLATION TO REPEAL THE TAN TAX INTRODUCED IN CONGRESS
The Indoor Tanning Association applauds congressmen Michael Grimm of New York, Pat Tiberi of Ohio, Phil Roe of Tennessee and the 24 original cosponsors for their leadership in introducing H.R. 2092, legislation to repeal the regressive 10% tax on tanning services enacted as a part of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (President Obama’s healthcare reform legislation).
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02/28/2011
INDOOR TANNING ASSOCIATION'S COMMENTS ON THE AMERICAN ACADEMY OF PEDIATRICS POLICY STATEMENT

There is nothing new in this policy statement while there is a great deal missing. The statement leads you to believe there is consensus among researchers regarding the relationship between UV exposure and melanoma skin cancer but there is not.
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01/31/2011
THE INDOOR TANNING ASSOCIATION CALLS ON THE ADMINISTRATION TO TAKE SMALL BUSINESS AND JOB CREATION SERIOUSLY 
At a House Ways and Means Committee hearing on Wednesday, White House chief economic advisor Austan Goolsbee was asked about the 10% tax on tanning services whether or not it was in fact a tax. Dr. Goolsbee said sun tanning was a choice and not a tax and belittled the livelihood of tens of thousands of hardworking Americans employed in this industry.
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01/20/2011
INDOOR TANNING ASSOCIATION URGES THE CONGRESS TO REPEAL THE TAN TAX
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Indoor Tanning Association praised the House Republican leadership today for fulfilling its campaign promise to the American people and voting to repeal healthcare reform.  "As the industry first hit by the bill's many tax increases, we applaud the steps taken today to protect jobs and support small businesses across the country,” said ITA president Dan Humiston.  "We understand that there are many more steps in the process but we are gratified by the House’s action today.”
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07/01/2010
BY THE NUMBERS: THE SUNTAN TAX: FIRST TAX INCREASE IN THE NEW HEALTHCARE LAW
The tanning tax was added very late to the healthcare bill without any analysis of how it would affect the indoor tanning industry, comprised primarily of small businesses. The new tax amounts to a 10 percent increase in the cost of doing business, making it even harder to keep customers coming through the doors of these "mom and pop” businesses in this difficult economy. This is just the first of countless new taxes contained in the new healthcare law, which the NFIB is challenging as unconstitutional.
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07/01/2010
FIRST TAX INCREASE IN NEW HEALTHCARE LAW TAKES EFFECT TOMORROW
The first tax in the new healthcare law will go into effect July 1 and it falls on the backs of the very people who can least afford it – our nation's small businesses. The tax, known as the "tanning tax,” levies a 10 percent tax on tanning services and is predicted to raise $2.7 billion (over 10 years). The revenue raiser will fall disproportionately on "mom and pop” small businesses, typically owned and operated by women, and is designed to pay for the nearly $1 trillion healthcare law.
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06/26/2010
POSITION OF THE INDOOR TANNING ASSOCIATION REGARDING THE 10% TAX ON TANNING SERVICES
The ten-percent tax on tanning services included in the recently passed healthcare legislation is a regressive tax that would unfairly hit working women and college students who comprise the majority of indoor tanning consumers. This tax directly violates President Obama's pledge not to raise taxes on the middle class.
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05/28/2010
RESPONSE TO INQUIRY ABOUT MELANOMA STUDY PUBLISHED IN AMERICAN ASSOCIATION FOR CANCER
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.i Another study out this week claims that most sunscreens could actually promote the growth of skin cancers because they contain Vitamin A.ii
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05/28/2010
CRITICAL SHORTCOMINGS IN RELEASE REGARDING MELANOMA STUDY
A news release out today from researchers claiming a strong link between indoor tanning and melanoma leaves out critical factors from the study that could lead to very different conclusions.
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03/25/2010
3-25 FDA MEETING RELEASE
An advisory panel to the Food and Drug Administration today recommended that the agency consider additional regulations on indoor tanning, despite testimony from the Indoor Tanning Association (ITA) 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
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