Sunscreens could become free in Spain

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Europe´s sunniest country, Spain, has an idyllic warm climate. But sunbathing can come with negative consequences if one is not careful in protecting their skin. 

To reduce health risks associated with ultralight, the Spanish government is developing new measures, including free access to sunscreens. 

Spain´s Minister of Health, Monica Garcia stated that the Government is considering the introduction of free sunscreen dispensers in public spaces including parks, health centres, sports centres and libraries.

“We are working on the possibility of having free access in certain circumstances and certain public places,” said Garcia, accentuating the importance of sunscreens as “health protection products.” 

This initiative is based on the proposal to reduce the VAT on sunscreens from 21 per cent to 10 per cent for companies in which the employees are exposed to the sun, offering the products free of charge.

The Minister of Health also addressed people “who require certain products such as sun creams for their health,” referring to past skin cancer patients or people who take medication which makes them extra sensitive to ultraviolet rays. 

Garcia clarified that the measure will not be implemented in the summer of 2024, for the time shortage, but emphasised that the “health system has to shift towards prevention measures,” and will continue to develop new strategies.

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Anna Akopyan

Originally from Moscow, with Russian and Armenian origins, Anna has lived in Costa Blanca for over ten years. She is passionate about singing, acting and traveling.