San Francisco Tackles the Soda Industry (Again)

 

 

One of the hottest topics in the Bay Area over the last several months has been new regulations and taxes on the soda industry. Once perceived as invincible to electoral defeat, last November Berkeley residents overwhelmingly voted in a new tax on sugar sweetened beverages, namely soda. San Francisco failed to approve a similar tax proposal: 55% of the electorate voted for it falling short of the necessary ⅔ majority needed for any new tax in California.

However, the city’s leaders are on the offensive again. Today at 2p, San Francisco supervisors will consider requiring new warning labels to go on soda advertisements. The health warning would read, “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 warning would be placed on all new advertisements in the city, including billboards, buses, transit shelters, posters, and sports stadiums.

Additionally, the supervisors will consider proposals that would ban the spending of city funds on soda and that would prohibit advertising soda on city property.

What do you think about these ideas? Vote and comment below or attend the Supervisor’s meeting at 2p today, June 9th 2015 at SF City Hall. Full agenda: https://sfgov.legistar.com/View.ashx?M=A&ID=402201&GUID=67377CD7-7FB2-46CA-9607-FB7375F2E3A4

 

Place a Warning Label on All Soda Advertisements
San Francisco leaders are considering placing a label on all new soda advertisements in the city. The label would read, “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 label would go on soda advertisements on busses, billboards, transit shelters, sports stadiums, etc.



 

Ban Soda Advertisements on City Property
San Francisco leaders are considering a proposal that would ban all soda advertisements on city property. San Francisco has taken on the the soda industry in the past, attempting but failing to pass a tax on soda.



 

Prohibit the Spending of City Money on Soda
San Francisco supervisors are considering a proposal that would prohibit the spending of city money on soda. This proposal comes as part of an effort to limit the soda industry, which many city officials believe causes major health problems for consumers.



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