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Hawaii wants to ban certain sunscreens to protect coral reefs — should you stop using them?

Hawaii passed a bill Tuesday that would ban the sales of popular types of sunscreens that contain chemicals thought to be harmful to coral reefs—becoming the first U.S. state to do so.

The legislation, which awaits the signature of Hawaii Governor David Ige, a Democrat, will ban over-the-counter sales of sunscreens containing oxybenzone or octinoxate. The prohibition would go into effect in 2021 and would not apply to sunscreens obtained with a prescription or cosmetics for the face that contain sunscreens.

If the legislation is approved by the governor, popular sunscreens like Coppertone or Banana Boat would no longer be sold in the state.

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