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Local legislators in San Francisco have teamed-up to fight sugary drink advertisements, many of which unfairly target Latino kids.
Legislation introduced by San Francisco Supervisor Scott Wiener would require all advertisements for sodas and sugar-sweetened beverages in San Francisco to have a health warning that reads “WARNING: Drinking beverages with added sugar(s) contributes to obesity, diabetes, and tooth decay. This is a message from the City and County of San Francisco.” The language harkens back to state Senator Bill Monning’s labeling bill introduced in years past.
A similar proposal by supervisor Malia Cohen would ban soda ads from publicly-owned property such as parks and bus stations and another piece of legislation from supervisor Eric Mar would prohibit city employees and contractors from using city funds to purchase soft drinks.
“Essentially this just adds SSBs to the part of the code that already prohibits alcohol and tobacco ads on publicly owned spaces,” a spokesperson from Wiener’s office said.