The War On Sunscreen
Last year California made national headlines with a ban on minors using tanning beds. Supporters of the ban said it was needed because some teens were tanning too often and putting themselves at risk for skin cancer.
Flash forward to this year, where students are getting severe sun burns because a state law prohibits students from putting sunscreen on themselves without a note from a doctor.
Jesse Michener’s daughters Violet, 11, and Zoe, 9, set out from their home last Tuesday for an all-day school event. The morning had been a rainy one but by noon the rain gave way to sun, and the girls began to burn. Violet and Zoe were not allowed to apply sunscreen due to a school policy against it, even though Zoe suffers from a form of albinism, a genetic condition that makes her particularly sun-sensitive. …
When Michener pressed school officials on the ban, they told her that there is a state-wide policy that does not allow staff to apply sunscreen to students, and students can only apply it themselves if they have a doctor’s note.
According to the article this is a common law in the states because the FDA regulates sunscreen as an over-the-counter drug. This must be a recent development as I remember taking sunscreen along on field trips when I was in school, and my teachers didn’t say a word about it.Tags: Asshats, california, fda, nanny statism, sunscreen