New Laws Advocate for Kids’ Sun Safety

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Connecticut has adopted legislation that allows students six years or older, with written permission from a parent or guardian, to self-apply sunscreen during the school day. Developed by the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery Association (ASDSA), Senate Bill 922 is based on SUNucate model legislation, a key part of the SUNucate initiative to address barriers to sunscreen use in schools/camps and promote sun-safe behavior. The ASDSA worked with the 60-member SUNucate Coalition—which includes medical specialty, patient and consumer groups—to advocate for the passage of the law. Connecticut is the 23rd state—and sixth state this year—to enact such legislation. “The momentum of the passage of SUNucate legislation throughout the U.S. demonstrates lawmakers’ commitment in these states to promoting sun-safe behavior in children,” says ASDSA president Murad Alam, MD. “I congratulate Connecticut for adopting this important bill, and hope other states without similar legislation will consider following Connecticut’s lead.”

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