NYC comptroller calls for sunblock dispensers in designated areas

New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer is proposing a plan that would make putting on sunblock a lot easier.

New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer is proposing a plan that would make putting on sunblock a lot easier. (6/29/16)

THE BRONX - New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer is proposing a plan that would make putting on sunblock a lot easier.

Skin cancer claims the lives of 10,000 Americans every year. Stringer is calling on the city to provide free sunscreen dispensers strategically located at public parks, benches, playgrounds and pools.

The idea is based off of models already in place in cities like Miami and Boston. Those programs are paid for by either a licensing deal between the city and the sunscreen company or by grants from public health groups. 

Some residents say it would protect children in the area since a lot of parents can't afford sunblock.

Other parents in the area are worried about how the dispensers will be regulated and if the sunscreen will be safe for people with sensitive skin.

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