Thursday, 4 February 2010

Tax tanning booths to help cancer charities - Plaid

Plaid Cymru Press Release:

Cancer charities and hospices would benefit under a new scheme to tax tanning booths by Plaid Cymru.

Councillor Arfon Jones, who is challenging to be Wrexham's next MP, wants further measures to regulate tanning booths. Cllr Jones said he welcomed moves to ban under 18s from using tanning booths as well as calls for booths to be supervised, but didn't feel it goes far enough.

Cllr Jones said:
Tanning booths can cause skin cancer and we should do what we do with other harmful pursuits like smoking and drinking - tax them to discourage use. In the United States they intend to impose an additional 10% surcharge on tanning salons to pay for new healthcare proposals.

Cllr Jones added:
It is very difficult in Wales for us to impose our own tax because tax-raising powers have not been devolved but we could introduce it as part of non-domestic rates. There are over 400 tanning booths in Wales and if they were to pay on average a 1000 harm tax each, that would equate to nearly 5 million in a decade. The money would then be distributed to cancer charities and hospices in Wales.

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