Thursday, June 21, 2012

Los Angeles Considering Ban on Big Sodas

Posted By on Thu, Jun 21, 2012 at 8:58 AM

Los Angeles is considering its own ban on large sodas at city parks and libraries. The city joins New York City and Cambridge, Mass., in a possible ban on big sugary drinks.

ABC News reports that L.A. Councilman Mitchell Englander proposed the ban to the city's Arts, Parks, Health and Aging Committee on Tuesday. New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg wants a ban on the sale of large sugary beverages over 16 ounces in his hometown's restaurants, movie theaters and other venues. The mayor of Cambridge, Mass. made a similar proposal earlier this week.

The American Medical Association said it supports taxes on sugar-sweetened beverages and that they make up half of American's added sugar intake.

"Where taxes are implemented on sugar-sweetened beverages, using revenue for anti-obesity programs and educational campaigns explaining the adverse effects of excessive consumption of these beverages will help to reduce the consumption of these caloric beverages and improve public health," said AMA board member Dr. Alexander Ding in a statement on Wednesday.

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