Should common sunscreen ingredients be banned?
Should sunscreens containing the active ingredient oxybenzone should be banned ? There are some who argue that, because of concerns that oxybenzone may have a negative effect on corals, sunscreens containing this (along with a few other chemicals) should be banned from places where it can enter the ocean. In Hawaii, there is a bill being considered ( HB 2723 ) that would make it "...unlawful to sell, offer for sale, or distribute for sale any SPF sunscreen product that contains oxybenzone or octinoxate , unless the product is sold or distributed to fulfill a prescription." Why? "The legislature finds that the chemicals oxybenzone and octinoxate, which are found in some sunscreens, enter the ocean by washing off swimmers, surfers, paddlers, spearfishers, divers, and other ocean users. Although these chemicals are also present in other products, sunscreen products are by far the largest source of oxybenzone and octinoxate present in the ocean. The legisla