National Consumers League

NCL statement in support of SF move on sugary beverages

June 11, 2015

Contact: Carol McKay, NCL Communications, (412) 945-3242,

Washington, DC—The National Consumers League (NCL), the nation’s pioneering consumer advocacy organization, is applauding the San Francisco Board of Supervisors for unanimously supporting three ordinances to regulate the purchase, sales, distribution, and advertising of sugary drinks in San Francisco.

“With this legislation, San Francisco has taken an important step on behalf of its residents, and we hope that these bills will be able to jump the final hurdles and become law,” said NCL Executive Director Sally Greenberg, who testified, in 2012, before the New York City Board of Health when it was considering Mayor Bloomberg’s proposal to limit the sale of sugary beverages over 16 ounces. “We applaud San Francisco officials for taking a leadership role in combating obesity, and we hope that other cities will follow suit.”

The pieces of legislation would require a health warning label on sugary drink advertising in the city, prohibit city dollars from being spent on sugary drinks for events put on by the city, and prevent advertising of sugar-sweetened drinks on city-owned property and at city facilities.

Supervisors Malia Cohen, Eric Mar, and Scott Weiner proposed the bills, which will be put up to another Board of Supervisors vote on Tuesday, June 16. At that point, San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee will have 10 days to sign, veto, or pass the legislation. 


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