The Hawaii Senate has introduced legislation (S.B. 2693) that would prohibit the sale of regular soft drinks and sugar-sweetened beverages (SSBs) in containers larger than 16 ounces.

Noting that obesity is an increasingly “common and costly problem for  the state,” and claiming that limiting the intake of sugar-sweetened bever- ages would “encourage healthier diets in the community, while offsetting economic costs associated with health care and obesity,” the bill specifically seeks to ban food establishments from (i) selling, offering for sale or providing SSBs in unsealed containers larger than 16 ounces and (ii) selling children’s meals that include such beverages.