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Friday, June 12, 2015

SF Anti-Soda Laws Apply to Coffee-Sugar Drinks Too

Posted By on Fri, Jun 12, 2015 at 10:48 AM

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Earlier this week, San Francisco became the first city in the nation to pass legislation requiring health warnings on sugary beverage advertisements. The series of three laws also banned sugary beverage ads from city property and the purchase of sugary beverages with public funds. 

The laws were primarily framed as targeting soda, and the Big Soda lobby certainly opposed them, but another type of drink is also under attack: Starbucks' Frappuccino. According to Bloomberg Business, the law would also cover Starbuck's frozen coffee concoction, which has more calories ounce-for-ounce than a Coke. There are 93 Starbucks stores in SF whose signs and ads would have to be altered. 

So if you like to start your morning with some coffee in your sugar, get ready for this friendly reminder: "WARNING: Drinking beverages with added sugar(s) contributes to obesity, diabetes and tooth decay."

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