San Francisco Puts the Cap Back on Sugary Sodas


When San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom does his spring cleaning, it takes a few months for the results to show up in the City.

Newsom issued an executive order last April banning sugary sodas, artifiically sweetened water and fruit juices with a mix of anything but fruit from city property but signs of that order are starting to show their face around San Francisco this summer, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.

The winemaker turned politician waged his war on artificial drinks as part of the City's effort to shape up and trim down. To encourage residents to stay fit the City is replacing sodas with drinks such as soy and rice milk.

A University of California Los Angeles study found that adults who drink one or more sodas per day are 27 percent more likely to be overweight or obese than people who drink fewer sugary drinks.

The program is partly modeled after first lady Michelle Obama's campaign to fight obesity. If Newsom has his way the ban could eventually morph into a a soda tax in the City. That sure will make fast food joints and cell phone stores happy.


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