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Hawaii Contemplates Measures To Increase Access To Sunscreens Following Sunscreen Bans

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Hawaii looks to “ease the burden” of finding reef-safe sunscreens by distributing it to sunseekers at beaches. The proposed legislation comes roughly three years after the Aloha State began prohibiting sale of oxybenzone- or octinoxate-containing sunscreen products due to concerns about potential harm to coral.

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