San Francisco Votes To Have Health Warnings On Sugary Drinks

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Posted by LLJ43 | Posted in Sugary Drinks, Warning Label | Posted on 12-06-2015

On Tuesday, the city of San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors voted to require warnings on advertisements for sugary drinks including soda and some sports drinks.. The rule will apply to any drink that has more than 25 calories from sweetener per 12 ounces. The warning field must take up at least 20% of the space used for the ad reveals Stephen Murray CCMP Capital. Theses rules are according to official documents filed with the Board of Supervisors.

The labels must state, “Warning: Drinking beverages with added sugar contributes to obesity, diabetes and tooth decay. This is a message from the City and County of San Francisco”. Scott Wiener who is a member of the San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors, told Buzzfeed News that he sponsored the new rule because “we’re seeing an explosion of type 2 diabetes and sugary drinks are a major contributor to the situations.”

He goes on to say that we were able to collapse smoking from 50% to 15% through the use of taxes and warnings. He feels the same methods will work to stop individuals from drinking sugary drinks. The signs will be required to be displayed on billboards, poster and ads displayed in stadiums and bus stops. Vehicles used to advertise the drinks will also be required to carry the warning. Print and digital material are to be excluded. San Francisco’s Mayor Edwin Lee did not respond immediately to requests from Buzzfeed New for further comment.