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Last May 2015, Councilman Nick Mosby held an informational hearing regarding Sugar-Free Kids and the effects of sugary drinks on the community.
Plans to introduce a bill that would require all ads for sugary beverages to contain warning labels and state health risks associated with consumption, like obesity and diabetes. The introduction of the bill by Councilman Mosby are projected to happen in the coming months.
The legislation would also authorize the City Health Commissioner Dr. Leana Wen to impose penalties on any stores or companies that do not comply with the new bill.
Research shows that about 74 percent of Latinos have had a sugary drink by age 2 and also that Latino kids have increased their consumption of sugary drinks between 1991 and 2008. More is needed to be done to help Latino youth be advised to not consume sugary beverages, which lead to major health risks that they are already more at risk for, such as obesity and diabetes.
Learn more about the health risks for Latino youth associated with consuming sugary beverages here.
To learn more about this change, click here.
Update January 12, 2016: Baltimore Wants Soda Warning Labels.