Published: Fri, July 06, 2018
Science | By Joan Schultz

Hawaii Governor David Ige Signs Sunscreen Ban

Hawaii Governor David Ige Signs Sunscreen Ban

Governor David Ige is expected to sign a bill into law later this week to restrict the sale and distribution of all sunscreens containing oxybenzone and octinoxate.

The guv included that Hawaii would certainly additionally should proceed various other initiatives to shield coral reefs, consisting of battling intrusive varieties, air pollution from land overflow as well as environment adjustment.

David Ige signed the legislation on Tuesday, making Hawaii the first state in the U.S. to ban the sale, distribution and use of sunscreens that contain the chemicals oxybenzone and octinoxate.

Sunscreen containing oxybenzone and octinoxate will only be available to those with a prescription from a physician. Although not all parties are pleased with the move, Ige felt it was one way to help protect the coral reefs of his home state which are known around the world for their natural beauty. Various health organizations have also voiced concern, including the Skin Cancer Foundation.

Executive director at the Haereticus Environmental Laboratory, Craig Downs stated that, "Juvenile corals are a thousand times more sensitive to the toxic effect of these chemicals than adult [corals]. We've got a limited amount of time".

State Rep. Mike Gabbard (D) touted the law as a "first-in-the-world" measure when it passed the state legislature in May.

Senator Mike Gabbard, who first introduced the bill, labeled SB 271, told the Honolulu Star-Advertiser that "Hawaii is definitely on the cutting edge by banning these risky chemicals in sunscreens".

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