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Sunscreens Containing Harmful Chemicals to Be Banned in Key West


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When applying sunscreen on the beach, the average person's sole concern is that they covered enough of their skin to avoid a painful sunburn. (We've all been there.) But for snowbirds who frequent Key West, there will soon be something else to worry about. On Tuesday, Feb. 5, the tropical vacation town passed a measure banning sunscreen containing two specific chemicals that have been linked to harming coral reefs. Key West is not the only city to institute such a ban, so here's what you need to know about the new legislation.

As The Guardian reported, Key West's city commission voted to ban the sale of sunscreens made with oxybenzone and octinoxate. The legislation, which passed 6-1 on Tuesday, will not go into effect until Jan. 1, 2021, according to the New York Times. That leaves plenty of time for local shops to transition the sunscreens they offer.