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Lawmakers propose soda tax, warning labels, display ban 

–State lawmakers are attempting to discourage the consumption of sugary beverages by proposing a tax, warning labels, and a ban on soda displays near checkout lines among other measures, according to an article by SF Gate.

The five bills address what the Democratic lawmakers call, “a public health crisis leading to an increase in obesity, diabetes, heart disease and other ills.”

“The soda industry is the new tobacco industry,” said Assemblyman David Chiu of San Francisco as he promoted his measure that would bar restaurants from selling soda in cups larger than 16 ounces (.5 liters). “This is an industry that has used marketing and sales tactics to victimize low income communities, communities of color throughout our country.”

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