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Hawaii Throws Shade on Most Sunscreens, Citing Harm to Coral

July 3, 2018, 10:00 PM

Visitors to Hawaii’s famous beaches will have to find new ways to protect themselves from the sun’s harmful rays after the state’s governor signed a bill into law July 3 banning the sale of most sunscreen products.

Some sunscreen products under the labels Coppertone, Australian Gold, Hawaiian Tropic, and other brands contain ingredients that wind up in the ocean and can harm coral reefs, the state said.

Gov. David Ige (D) signed the bill (S.B. 2571) July 3, making Hawaii the first in the U.S. to ban over-the-counter sale of sunscreens that contain oxybenzone...

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