San Francisco supervisors voted unanimously Tuesday to approve health warnings on ads for sugary sodas and some other drinks, saying such beverages contribute to obesity, diabetes and other health problems.
It’s believed that San Francisco would be the first place in the country to require such a warning on ads for soda if it receives a second approval from the Board of Supervisors next week and the mayor does not veto it.
John Maa, a general surgeon and member of the board of the American Heart Association in San Francisco, which lobbied for the ordinance, said advocates will seek to expand the warning requirement beyond the city.
Efforts to push a statewide warning requirement failed this year as did a city ballot measure last year to impose a tax on sugary drinks.
“Another attempt at the sugar-sweetened beverage tax is being considered,” he said.