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California Could Be First State to Add Health Warning to Sugary Drinks

An article in the Los Angeles Times reports that “Citing studies linking soda to obesity, a state lawmaker and medical experts proposed a first-in-the-nation bill Thursday that sugary drinks sold in California carry health warning labels similar to those on cigarette packs.” These experts want labels on beverages that have added sugar or 75 or more calories per 12 ounces, and self-serve soda dispensers would have a label on the dispenser. “The label would read: ‘STATE OF CALIFORNIA SAFETY WARNING: Drinking beverages with added sugar(s) contributes to obesity, diabetes, and tooth decay.’” State Senator Bill Monning explained that these labels will serve the same purpose as tobacco and alcohol warnings, giving Californians information to make healthier choices.

Read in it the Los Angeles Times.