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The Hawaii State Legislature has introduced Senate Bill 1391 that will ban the sale of personal care products with oxybenzone or octinoxate without a medically-licensed prescription.

The bill, specifically, aims to remove sunscreens and other similar personal care products from the market containing the said chemicals. This is because research study of the Hawaii’s marine ecosystem found that coral in Hawaii’s waters have shown increasingly significant signs of damage, including extensive bleaching.

Oxybenzone and octinoxate are commonly used as chemical blockers that protect skin from ultraviolet radiation. Sunscreens are the common products that used these two chemicals.

If approved and signed by the Governor, this bill will take effect on October 1, 2017.

This bill was introduced and passed by the Senate on January 25, 2017.

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