Baltimore City Councilman Nick Mosby (D) has introduced legislation that would require health warnings for sugar-sweetened beverages (SSBs) in certain advertisements, menus, menu boards and point-ofsale signage.
“The beverage industry specifically targets youth and communities of color with its marketing efforts, spending $395 million in marketing directed at youth and $28.6 million on marketing campaigns specifically targeting African-American and Hispanic youth,” according to Council Bill 16-0617. The draft ordinance further asserts, among other things, that some 25 percent of school-age Baltimore City children drink one or more soda daily.
The proposed health notice would state: “Warning: Drinking beverages with added sugar contributes to tooth decay, obesity, and diabetes. This message is from the Baltimore City Health Department.”
Violators of the ordinance would face misdemeanor fines as high as $1,000. The proposal has been referred to the Department of Health. See The Baltimore Sun, January 11, 2016.