BOARD OF SUPERVISORS TO VOTE ON LEGISLATION TO PLACE HEALTH WARNINGS ON SODA ADVERTISEMENTS, BAN ADVERTISING ON PUBLIC PROPERTY AND PROHIBIT SPENDING OF PUBLIC FUNDS ON SUGARY BEVERAGES

BOARD OF SUPERVISORS TO VOTE ON LEGISLATION TO PLACE HEALTH WARNINGS ON SODA ADVERTISEMENTS, BAN ADVERTISING ON PUBLIC PROPERTY AND PROHIBIT SPENDING OF PUBLIC FUNDS ON SUGARY BEVERAGES

Legislation introduced by Supervisor Wiener will make San Francisco the first jurisdiction to require health warnings on soda advertisements posted in San Francisco. At same meeting Board will also vote on legislation by Supervisors Malia Cohen and Eric Mar to ban soda advertisements on publicly owned property, and prohibit city spending on sodas and sugary beverages

WHEN:           Tuesday, June 9th, 2:00 PM

WHERE:         Board of Supervisors Meeting

                             San Francisco City Hall

                             Room 250

WHAT:           Today the San Francisco Board of Supervisors will vote on legislation sponsored by Supervisor Scott Wiener to require health warnings on posted ads in San Francisco. The warning will read the following “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.” This legislation will be the first time any level of government has required health warnings in connection with sugary drinks. The size of the warnings will be at least 20% of the ad space, which is the standard required by the FDA on tobacco warnings. At the same hearing, the Board of Supervisors will also vote on legislation by Supervisor Cohen to prohibit the placement of advertisements for sodas and sugar-sweetened beverages on city owned property. Currently, tobacco and alcohol advertisements are subject to this prohibition. Supervisor Mar’s legislation will ban the use of city funds, whether by city departments or city contractor, on the purchase of sodas and other sugar-sweetened beverages.

CONTACT:   Supervisor Scott Wiener, (415) 554-6968, scott.wiener@sfgov.org

                        Supervisor Malia Cohen, (415) 554-7670, yoyo.chan@sfgov.org

                        Supervisor Eric Mar, (415) 554-7410, erirc.l.mar@sfgov.org


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