San Francisco lawmakers try new tactics to curb consumption of pop

Global News

SAN FRANCISCO – San Francisco lawmakers are taking another stab at curbing soda consumption seven months after local voters rejected taxing sugary drinks in the name of public health.

A Board of Supervisors committee is expected to take up three pieces of legislation on Monday that represent a new front in the sweetened-beverage wars, the San Francisco Chronicle reported.

One proposed measure would require soda ads posted on buses, billboards and other city surfaces to carry warnings stating that drinks with added sugar contribute to obesity, diabetes and tooth decay. The rule would also apply to sports venues.

The other laws under consideration would ban soda ads on public property and prohibit city funds from being used to buy soda.

Industry groups that spent $10 million to defeat the proposed soda tax on the San Francisco ballot last November plan to fight the bills, American Beverage Association spokesman Roger…

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