Cigarettes can’t be sold without a cautionary message from the Surgeon General. Alcoholic beverages must be accompanied by a label outlining their health risks. Now soda may be joining this group of products with warnings attached — or at least in the state of California.
With nearly 40 percent of California’s youth obese or overweight, state legislators are taking action. In an effort to curb obesity, the California Senate passed a bill, which would require sugary beverages to carry a warning label about potential health risks, including obesity, diabetes, and tooth decay. The bill now heads to the California State Assembly, who must act on it by August.