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Md. officials consider sugary drink label law

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Posted at 4:54 PM, May 19, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-19 21:29:32-04

The Baltimore City Council may be moving toward a sugar-sweetened beverage warning label law. 

Dr. Leana Wen, Baltimore City Health Commissioner, commends the City of San Francisco for upholding a similar law in California. 

The warning labels in San Francisco must cover 20 percent of ads for sugary drinks. Similar to a tobacco warning label, these will say: “WARNING: Drinking beverages with added sugar(s) contributes to obesity, diabetes, and tooth decay. This is a message from the City and County of San Francisco.”

"This week's decision in California is great news for public health across our country," Wen said. "This is as much an issue of justice as it is one of health and we must do everything we can to inform our residents about the danger of sugar-sweetened beverages to protect the health of our children."

Within the coming weeks, the Baltimore City Council may meet to propose a similar plan. 

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