Karyl Rattay

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9:45 am
Tue July 29, 2014

No More Tanning Beds for Minors in Delaware

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Minors will not be allowed to use tanning beds in the state of Delaware.

Governor Jack Markell signed the legislation into law yesterday.

Previously those who were between the ages of 14 to 18 could use the beds with parental consent.

Dr. Karyl Rattay, head of the state Division of Public Health, said it was a matter of preventing skin cancer.

The measure passed with a near unanimous vote in the state legislature.

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Local News
8:27 am
Thu March 20, 2014

Ban on E-Cigarette Sales to Minors Inches Forward in Delaware Legislature

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A Delaware legislative committee approved a measure yesterday that would bar minors from buying e-cigarettes.

And, that means it will go to the full state House of Representative.  

Currently, there is no reference in the law to e-cigarettes and minors.

WBOC reports that data shows there has been an uptick in the use of e-cigarettes by minors in the First State.

Dr. Karyl Rattay, head of the state Division of Public Health, told the station that the state has seen a one year doubling in the use among middle and high school students.  

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9:18 am
Wed January 23, 2013

Mercury Containing Flu Vaccine Now Available in DE


DOVER, Del. (AP) - Public health officials say health care providers can use an influenza vaccine containing mercury as a preservative because there are shortages of the mercury-free vaccine during the flu epidemic.


The Division of Public Health said Tuesday that the use of mercury-containing vaccine for pregnant women and children younger than 8 years is normally banned. However, the DPH director can allow use of such vaccines.

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