Hawaii banned specific sun screen lotions sale on public

Beachgoers are seen in Waikiki

Beachgoers are seen in Waikiki

David Ige signed the legislation on Tuesday, making Hawaii the first state in the USA to ban the sale, distribution and use of sunscreens that contain the chemicals oxybenzone and octinoxate.

Bans the sale, offer of sale, or distribution of any sunscreen that contains oxybenzone or octinoxate, or both, without a prescription issued by a licensed healthcare provider.

Observations by the journal "Archives of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology", say that sunscreens are accountable for 1.4 ton of toxic substance that flow into coral reefs every year around the world.

Studies show the chemicals are harmful to coral reefs.

Governor David Ige is expected to sign a bill into law later this week to restrict the sale and distribution of all sunscreens containing oxybenzone and octinoxate. At that rate, coral bleaching contributed to the loss of about half of the world's reefs in 2014 and 2015. Various health organizations have also voiced concern, including the Skin Cancer Foundation.

Environmentalists have taken the stance that without action now, the coral reefs of Hawaii will only suffer more unnecessary damage.

"I'm 37 now, and within my lifetime, our planet has lost about half our coral reefs".

But state Rep. Chris Lee, who represents the Honolulu suburbs of Kailua and Waimanalo, said the law is a necessary step to help Hawaii pass on its reefs, ocean, tourism industry and way of life to the next generation. Others will certainly need to get sun screen lotions without these chemicals or bring their very own sun block with them to Hawaii.