Sun­screen Smarts

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I’m an avid reader and scuba diver. Your sun­screen ar­ti­cle [Fresh Fix] was good from a hu­man-health stand­point, but it failed to men­tion that some sun­screens can dam­age coral reefs. Hawaii leg­is­la­tors re­cently passed a bill ban­ning the sale and dis­tri­bu­tion of sun­screens con­tain­ing oxy­ben­zone and octi­nox­ate. Other is­land na­tions are fol­low­ing suit. The U.S. Na­tional Park Ser­vice for South Flor­ida, Hawaii, U.S. Vir­gin Is­lands and Amer­i­can Samoa rec­om­mends us­ing “reef friendly” sun­screens made with ti­ta­nium ox­ide or zinc ox­ide. Cal­lie Mack, San Diego, CA

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