Harkin laid out that while Newtown has taken the problem to the forefront of debate, mental illness only accounts for a small proportion of violent crimes. Experts estimate just a small %age of violent crimes – – significantly less than 5 % – – are caused by mentally ill people. ‘People who have mental illness are much more likely to end up being the victims of violent crimes than perpetrators of violence,’ stated Harkin, who called mental wellness care’s shortcomings a public health problem. A common theme through the entire hearing was to avoid stigmatizing people with mental illness while talking about gun violence and problems facing mental healthcare.Yet, nearly 30 million people tan indoors in the usa annually. Of the, 2.3 million are teens. ‘A tax on indoor tanning would reinforce and be fully in keeping with other federal government and state attempts to protect the general public from the practice,’ said Dr. Pariser. ‘THE MEALS and Drug Administration needs indoor tanning facilities to warn customers about the dangers of indoor tanning. At least 30 says have approved legislation to protect minors from indoor tanning when confronted with the mounting proof the threat of UV radiation. Other states are actually considering legislation. The indoor tanning tax would be much like the cigarette taxes, which reinforces the caution labels on cigarette packs,’ he said.