SUNucate SUNucate legislation is pending in three states and Washington, D.C. In Massachusetts, a state with a legislative session which spans two years, H 545, introduced in January 2019, is still active. The bill allows students to possess and use sunscreen without a note while on school property or at a school-related event and also … More What to Watch in the 2020 Legislative Session
Great news! A study recently published in JAMA Dermatology reported that although the overall incidence of melanoma has been increasing over the past several decades, there is a downward trend of cases among adolescents and young adults. Specifically the data showed the incidence peaked in these groups around 2004-2005 and then began to decrease. While the … More Education Efforts Linked to Decreasing Incidence of Melanoma in Young People
In Key West, Florida a ban is set to take place in January 2021 on the sale of sunscreens containing oxybenzone and octinoxate. The law was passed citing concerns about the impact of these chemicals on coral reefs. Similar bans were considered, but not passed, in Miami Beach and Surfside. In response, legislation (Senate Bill … More Florida Bills Would Preempt Local Efforts to Ban Sales of Certain Sunscreens
The ASDSA Advocacy team was presented with the 2019 Excellency in Advocacy Award for Excellence in a State Issue Campaign by the Professional Women in Advocacy Conference for its role in the SUNucate initiative. In partnership with Women in Government Relations, the conference recognizes everyday women advocates with an annual award. Awards were also … More Advocacy for SUNucate Receives an Award for Excellence in a State Campaign
Did you know there is an effort on the federal level to support and encourage the same policies SUNucate promotes on a state level? House Resolution 323, sponsored by Representative David Joyce (R-OH-14), encourages all schools to allow students to possess sunscreen at school without restriction and without a note; encourages schools and camps to … More Federal Effort Supports Sunscreen in Schools
The Nebraska Supreme Court recently upheld the dismissal of an earlier lawsuit filed against the Nebraska Cancer Coalition (NC2) by a group of tanning salon owners. Recognizing the dangers of indoor tanning, including a link to melanoma, ASDSA supports banning minors from using indoor tanning facilities and supports required posting and dissemination about the health … More NE Court Upholds Decision Against Tanning Salon Lawsuit
The Nebraska Department of Education recently issued guidance to all schools in the state recommending that children be allowed to possess and use sunscreen without a doctor’s note at school and at school-sponsored events. Senator Carol Blood played a key role in developing the policy, and connected different stakeholder groups, such as the Nebraska Dermatology … More Nebraska is SUNucated!
Connecticut enacted legislation allowing students six years old or older to possess and self-apply over-the-counter sunscreen in school before outdoor activities, if a parent or guardian has provided written authorization to the school nurse. “The momentum of the passage of SUNucate legislation throughout the U.S. demonstrates lawmakers’ commitment in these states to promoting sun-safe … More Connecticut Becomes SUNucated
Minnesota is the 5th state in 2019 to pass legislation allowing kids to possess and use sunscreen at school without a prescription or physician’s note. Kids will now be able to use sunscreen during the school day while on school property or at a school-sponsored event. Minnesota joins Arkansas, Illinois, Maine and Nevada in passing … More Minnesota Joins “SUNucated” States
What’s the best way to reach kids in the 22 states with SUNucate laws so they know they can possess and use sunscreen without a note and promote other sun-safe behaviors? ASDSA and the Indiana Academy of Dermatology (IAD) teamed up to sponsor a Sun Safety Poster contest to promote awareness about Indiana’s SUNucate law. … More ASDSA and the IN Academy of Dermatology (IAD) Sponsor Sun Safety Poster Contest!