Eastman Chemical Company : Glass and Car Windows: Make Sure Your Family is Protected This Summer

  Eastman Chemical Company : Glass and Car Windows: Make Sure Your Family is
                            Protected This Summer

 

KINGSPORT, Tenn. - June 13, 2013 - More than 89 percent of summer travel will
occur by car this year, according to AAA (American Automobile Association.)
But of the 31.2 million people who will travel this year, a trip to the beach
or lake in the family sport utility vehicle could have some unintended
consequences. Parents may be inadvertently exposing themselves and their
children to harmful ultraviolet A (UVA) rays, a known cause of skin cancer. 
Most standard and privacy glass side and rear windows of SUV's, CUV's, and
minivans do not provide adequate protection from the sun, unless protected
with a high performance window film.  In response, Eastman Chemical Company
(NYSE: EMN), the world's largest manufacturer of window film, has made
virtually clear automotive window film widely available under its LLumar®
window film line.  Clear window film is becoming increasingly popular among
women, who often don't like the appearance of dark window films.

Because ordinary glass protects against ultraviolet B (UVB) rays, which cause
blistering and sunburns, many people do not realize they are still being
exposed to harmful UVA rays that penetrate deep into the skin. UVA rays are
the same rays that cause auto interiors to fade and crack as time passes. 
Known as "sunblock for your car," LLumar window film adds a protective layer
to glass, offering high-quality sun protection. The transparent film blocks up
to 99 percent of all harmful ultraviolet rays which penetrate glass, and cause
long term, cumulative skin damage. 

According to The Skin Cancer Foundation, each year in the United States there
are more than 3.5 million new cases of skin cancer. This is more than the
combined incidents of breast, prostate, lung and colon cancers.

A 2010 study from the St. Louis University Medical School revealed that nearly
53 percent of skin cancers in the US occur on the left, or drivers' side of
the body. Researchers believe the increase in left-sided skin cancers may be
from exposure to UVA radiation while driving. The trend reverses to the right
side of the body in countries like Australia, where the drivers sit on the
right side of the car. According to The Skin Cancer Foundation, 90 percent of
all non-melanoma skin cancers are associated with exposure to UV radiation.
UVA rays penetrate glass during daylight hours, 365 days a year, even on
cloudy days.

In a recent article,* "Sun Hazards in Your Car," Susan Butler, MD, a
dermatologist and micrographic surgeon at the California Institute, points to
a trend in "wrinkles, leathering, sagging, brown 'age' spots and even skin
cancers" on the left side of patient's faces. "The more time subjects spent
driving a vehicle, the more severe their photodamage on the left side." 

"Most parents don't let their kids outside to play without sunscreen, yet they
may be exposing them to sun damage every time they are in the car," says Mark
Gershenson, Director, Global LLumar Brand Management at Eastman.
"Installation of window film is relatively inexpensive and you don't have to
think about it. For busy parents, this can be a both a timesaver and a relief.
"  A typical window film installation ranges from $200-$500 depending on the
size of the vehicle and level of film performance chosen.

LLumar automotive window films have earned The Skin Cancer Foundation's Seal
of Recommendation, a symbol of safety and efficacy. The Skin Cancer
Foundation grants its Seal of Recommendation to products that meet the
Foundation's specific criteria for effective UV sun protection.

Installation Options
LLumar window films can be professionally installed at more than 1,100 LLumar
and FormulaOne® dealers throughout the United States.  They are manufactured
in the United States and are backed with a manufacturer's lifetime warranty.
Visit www.LLumar.com to find a local dealer. For parents looking for added
privacy for passengers and valuables, LLumar films are available in a wide
selection of shades. 

For more information about the LLumar window films, visit
www.LLumar.com/skinprotection. 'Like' LLumar on Facebook to receive skin
protection tips at www.facebook.com/LLumarwindowfilm. 

Eastman is a manufacturer member of The International Window Film Association
(IWFA), a unified industry body of window film dealers, distributors and
manufacturers that facilitates the growth of the industry by providing
unbiased research, influencing policy and promoting awareness of window film.

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* "The Skin Cancer Foundation's Journal," May, 2012.

Eastman is a global specialty chemical company that produces a broad range of
products found in items people use every day. With a portfolio of specialty
businesses, Eastman works with customers to deliver innovative products and
solutions while maintaining a commitment to safety and sustainability. Its
market-driven approaches take advantage of world-class technology platforms
and leading positions in attractive end-markets such as transportation,
building and construction, and consumables. Eastman focuses on creating
consistent, superior value for all stakeholders. As a globally diverse
company, Eastman serves customers in approximately 100 countries and had 2012
pro forma combined revenues, giving effect to the Solutia acquisition, of
approximately $9.1 billion. The company is headquartered in Kingsport,
Tennessee, USA and employs approximately 13,500 people around the world. For
more information, visit www.eastman.com.

Contact: Janet Ryan, 314-822-8860 (agency) janet@ryan-pr.com
Or: Pam Feese, Global MARCOM Manager, Eastman Chemical Company, 314-960-3814
pfeese@eastman.com   

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