LEGISLATION TO COMBAT SODA AND SUGARY BEVERAGE ADVERTISING AND PROHIBIT CITY SPENDING ON SUGARY BEVERAGES TO BE HEARD AT LAND USE COMMITTEE

LEGISLATION TO COMBAT SODA AND SUGARY BEVERAGE ADVERTISING AND PROHIBIT CITY SPENDING ON SUGARY BEVERAGES TO BE HEARD AT LAND USE COMMITTEE

Legislation introduced by Supervisors Cohen, Mar and Wiener will require health warnings on soda advertisements posted in San Francisco, ban soda advertisements on publicly owned property, and prohibit city spending on sodas and sugary beverages

WHEN:           Monday, June 1st, 1:30 PM

WHERE:         Land Use and Transportation Committee

                           San Francisco City Hall

                           Room 250

WHAT:           Today the Land Use and Transportation Committee of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors will hear legislation sponsored by Supervisors Malia Cohen, Eric Mar and Scott Wiener to address the health impacts associated with the consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages. The legislation will target advertising of sodas, by requiring health warnings on posted ads in San Francisco and banning ads on publically owned property, and prohibiting the use of city funds for the purchase of sugary beverages. Each piece of legislation is detailed below.

  • Supervisor Wiener’s legislation requiring health warnings on all posted advertisements for sugar-sweetened beverages with 25 or more calories per 12 ounces. 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.” 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.
  • Supervisor Cohen’s legislation will 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. There will be an exception for permitted events in public spaces, like Outside Lands in Golden Gate Park, where the permit and lease can grant separate rules.
  • Supervisor Mar will introduce legislation that bans 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, eric.l.mar@sfgov.org


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