San Francisco Mayor Bans Soft Drinks On City Property

Last month, San Francisco mayor Gavin Newsom issued a proclamation declaring this summer, through August 2010, as another Soda Free Summer. Newsom’s action was meant to encourage all San Franciscans to opt for healthy alternatives to calorically sweetened beverages.

In an effort to lead by example, Newsome has now issued an executive order that bans vending machines on city property from dispensing Coke, Pepsi and other calorically sweetened beverages. Sports drinks and artificially sweetened water also are included in the ban (MLive.com).

The California Center for Public Health Advocacy recently presented evidence demonstrating a direct link between soda consumption and obesity. Other studies have shown that sweetened beverage consumption trends parallel the rise in obesity.

The city of San Francisco has been on a crusade to address the public health crisis of obesity, inactivity, and poor nutrition, as well as the excessive waste produced by consumption of bottled beverages.

In June 2007, Mayor Newsom signed an executive order that banned the city from using taxpayer money to buy bottled water for its employees.

Despite owning a pristine mountain reservoir said to produce some of the country’s best-tasting tap water, the city was estimated to spend nearly $500,000 a year on bottled water at the time the order was signed (SFGate).

MLive.com reports that “beyond the vending machine ban, San Francisco’s Newsom also wants to impose a retail fee on soda.”

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148 comments

ii q.
g d c.4 years ago

banning just makes people want it more...

ii q.
g d c.4 years ago

banning just makes people want it more...

Christian Gallison

Banning things works so well. Just ask the alcohol industry. We banned them and we got Al Capone and Joe Kennedy in return. Now if you want to tax the crap out of it, I could get behind that. Of course if you wipe out the soft drink industry, are you going to put all of the people who lose their jobs on the government payroll?

Christian Gallison

Banning things works so well. Just ask the alcohol industry. We banned them and we got Al Capone and Joe Kennedy in return. Now if you want to tax the crap out of it, I could get behind that. Of course if you wipe out the soft drink industry, are you going to put all of the people who lose their jobs on the government payroll?

federico bortoletto

Bravo sindaco.

Robby Reyes
Robby Reyes4 years ago

I like this ban

Adam K.
Douglas K.4 years ago

Eminent American Arthur Rudolph http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arthur_Rudolph
Eminent American Werner Von Braun http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wernher_von_Braun

these Americans rose to national prominence and were highly acclaimed and decorated. And they were nazi war criminals.

Paula R.
Paula Rini5 years ago

maybe adding steep fees is the way to go, rather than banning altogether

Patricia Geller
Patricia Geller5 years ago

thanks and noted

Alana M.
Alana Mawson5 years ago

I don't drink soft drinks but I think that banning them is an infringment on my right to choose, even if it is a bad choice.