Some state initiatives and recent developments involving sugar-sweetened beverages:
- The California Senate in early June passed a “Sugar-Sweetened Beverage Safety Warning Act,” which would require a warning label on bottles and cans of sugar-sweetened drinks sold in the state that contain 75 calories or more per 12 fluid ounces.
- The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health released survey results this summer from a telephone poll of 1,000 residents that concluded nearly two-thirds of respondents support taxing sugary drinks and three-quarters favored limiting junk-food advertising.
- New York’s highest court refused to reinstate New York City’s ban on sales of jumbo sugary drinks, exhausting the city’s final appeal. The proposed ban would have prohibited restaurants, mobile food carts, delis and concessions at movie theaters, stadiums or arenas from selling sugary drinks in cups or containers larger than 16 ounces.
- San Francisco placed a measure on the ballot in November that would tax sugary beverages at a rate of 2 cents per ounce. It could raise as much as $30 million per year, with 40 percent of that money earmarked for children’s health programs in public schools.
- The Illinois Alliance to Prevent Obesity has launched the Rethink Your Drink campaign.
- Sugar-free Kids Maryland is a statewide coalition launched this year, with partners including the American Heart Association