Maine took a big step forward to promote the safety of its children by recently becoming the 20th state to pass a law allowing students to possess and use sunscreen at school without a note or prescription from a physician. The use of sunscreen helps protect against overexposure to the sun, a crucial step in preventing skin cancer.
The legislation is based on ASDSA’s model bill known as SUNucate, which removes barriers that prohibit students from bringing and applying over-the-counter sunscreen at school or during school-related activities.
“Sunscreen is one of the best tools we have to protect ourselves from skin cancer,” said ASDSA President Murad Alam, MD, MBA. “Commonsense solutions like SUNucate are one of our strongest defenses against harmful ultraviolet radiation from the sun. We need to encourage children to use sunscreen whenever they are outdoors and practice sun-safe behavior throughout their life.”
SUNucate legislation is currently being considered in Connecticut, the District of Columbia, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Missouri, Nevada, New Jersey and Rhode Island.
ASDSA worked with the Maine Dermatological Society and the Personal Care Products Council to advocate for the passage of this law. To learn more about SUNucate, visit https://www.asds.net/SUNucate.