Hawaii Governor David Ige Signs Sunscreen Ban

Hawaii Governor David Ige Signs Sunscreen Ban

".it is contrary to the many concerns expressed by Hawaii's medical doctors, dermatologists, and public health experts", it added. The ban on these particular compounds - which the majority of sunscreens include - should provide at least some relief for the reefs around the Hawaiian islands, and hopefully the push towards new sunblock formulas will cause the manufacturers to roll out updated products across the board.

State Rep. Chris Lee, that stands for Honolulu suburban areas, stated the regulation is an essential action in order to help Hawaii hand down its coral reefs, sea, tourist market and also way of living to the future generation.

Sen. Mike Gabbard, chair of the Senate Committee on Agriculture and Environment, and the man responsible for introducing the legislation, hailed it as the gold standard for the world to follow. "When you think about it, our island paradise, surrounded by coral reefs, is the flawless place to set the gold standard for the world to follow".

Scientists found that oxybenzone and octinoxate can cause young developing coral to die, as well as bleaching, DNA damage, and deformities to the reefs. "Governor, by signing this measure, you are presenting our community with a unique moment in time to protect our coral reefs".

Environmental organizations argue that certain sunscreens - which research has shown can wash off from skin into the water while swimming or bathing - can be toxic to the coral reefs. The prohibition takes effect in 2021.

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"Studies have documented the negative impact of these chemicals on corals and other marine life", said Gov. Ige. "We've got [a] limited amount of time".

Bayer said in a statement in May that the company intends to comply with the legislation but that "eliminating the use of sunscreen ingredients considered to be safe and effective by the FDA with a long history of use not only restricts consumer choice, but is also at odds with skin cancer prevention efforts".

"This irresponsible action will make it more hard for families to protect themselves against the sun's harmful ultraviolet rays", the Consumer Healthcare Products Association said in a statement.

Hawaii became the the first U.S. State to enact a ban on oxybenzone and octinoxate.

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