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On Wednesday April 22, the California Senate Health Committee will vote on SB 203, the soda warning label bill. This legislation, when passed, will do for all Californians what cigarette warning labels did half a century ago – provide consumers with the information necessary to turn back the tide on a self-inflicted wave of illness that is entirely preventable.
In 1964, the first Surgeon General’s Report on Smoking and Health was released, conclusively linking tobacco and deadly disease. Despite loud opposition from the tobacco industry, cigarette-warning labels became the law of the land the following year, launching a broad campaign that has reduced smoking rates from 42 to 18 percent and saved the lives of 18 million Americans. Succeeding Surgeons General repeatedly strengthened those warnings to ensure that Americans have the critical information they need to make healthier choices.
Half a century later, Americans face a new health threat, one that mirrors in many ways the tobacco crisis: the harmful effects of soda and other sugary drinks. As with cigarettes, these products bring with them proven health risks. They are aggressively marketed to youth and communities of color. They are an integral part of the American lifestyle, consumed daily by more than half the population.
For more information on SB 203, The Soda Warning Label Bill please visit the www.beyondchron.org link above. Please contact Nexreg for Label Services.