San Francisco Approves Warning Label For Sugary Drinks

Ah, San Fran, always ahead of the game. While New York politicians have pushedfor a warning label on sodas, San Francisco is actually following through with it.

Today, SF lawmakers voted to approve health warnings on ads for soda and other sugary drinks, which unfortunately does not include the containers themselves, reported the AP.

Not only that, but the Board of Supervisors also voted to ban advertising of sugar-sweetened beverages on city property, and to restrict city funds from being used for the purchase of the drinks.

San Francisco would be the first city in the country to use this kind of warning if it gets a second thumbs up from the Board of Supervisors next week and the mayor doesn't veto it.

They define sugar-sweetened beverages as drinks with more than 25 calories from sweeteners per 12 ounces — which includes soda (but not diet soda), sports and energy drinks, vitamin waters, and iced teas that exceed that limit.

The warning labels would read:

WARNING: Drinking beverages with added sugar leads to obesity, diabetes and tooth decay. This is a message from the City and County of San Francisco.

We're glad SF is taking action; what do you think?

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