Thanks to the recent passage of a bill banning the over-the-counter sale of sunscreens that contain chemicals thought to threaten that state's coral reefs and ocean life, Hawaii is one step closer to becoming the first state in the country to pass such legislation.

The bill, if signed by Governor David Inge, will prohibit the sale of sunscreens containing the controversial chemicals oxybenzone and octinoxate, which are currently found in some of the world's top-selling sunscreen brands. However, sunscreens containing the ingredients will continue to be available by prescription.

"Amazingly, this is a first-in-the-world law," said State Sen. Mike Gabbard, who introduced the bill. "So, Hawaii is definitely on the cutting edge by banning these dangerous chemicals in sunscreens."

If signed, the ban will go into effect on January 1, 2021.

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