The Bayou State is now the 6th state to allow students to bring and use sunscreen at public school, after Governor John Bel Edwards signed the measure into law. Kristin Hellquist with the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery Association says skin cancer can be preventable and it’s important to start protection at a young age.
“So even though we appreciate the Food and Drug Administration, parents making choices for what their kids can do to keep them safe is important as well.”
Alabama, Arizona, Florida, Utah and Washington are the other states with similar laws regarding sunscreen in public schools. Hellquist hopes this law brings awareness of the dangers of skin cancer along with the choice to bring sunscreen to school.
“We hope kids are getting to enjoy the outdoors and we think this will allow them to be safer and allow the schools to hopefully remind and reinforce when this would be appropriate.”
Hellquist says this is a step in the right direction to being proactive in the efforts to limit the risks associated with sun expose. She says it’s a great victory to see how successful the legislation became with the hard work from many dermatologists and surgeons.
“It’s very exciting to see so many people recognize the importance of this and to be the 6th state in the first year of running model legislation, it’s been pretty exciting for us.”