San Francisco, CA, is one step closer to becoming the first jurisdiction in the nation to require health warnings in connection with sugar-sweetened beverages. The San Francisco Board of Supervisors passed legislation last week that will target advertising of sodas, by requiring health warnings on posted ads in San Francisco and banning ads on publicly owned property, and by prohibiting the use of city funds for the purchase of sugary beverages. The legislation, introduced in March by city Supervisors Malia Cohen, Eric Mar and Scott Wiener will require health warnings on all posted advertisements for sugar-sweetened beverages with 25 or more calories per 12 ounces.
Last week a panel of San Francisco lawmakers voted in favor of the ordinance, which was then sent to the board of supervisors for approval. The ordinance will now need a second approval from the board of supervisors and the mayor, according to ABC News.