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The Honorable William Monning
RE: Sponsorship of SB 1000
Dear Senator Monning:
I want to thank you for your leadership on the important issue of sugar-sweetened beverages and the health of California’s families. California consumers have a right to know about the unique and chronic health problems associated with soda and other sugary drinks consumption. SB 1000 is a common sense approach to providing that vital science-based information to consumers.
California is in the midst of an obesity and diabetes epidemic that is wreaking havoc on the public’s health and healthcare costs. Obesity now rivals smoking as the largest cause of preventable death and disease. Obesity increases the risk of chronic disease, such as diabetes, heart disease, arthritis, asthma, and some forms of cancer, and obesity prevalence rates are higher among certain racial and ethnic groups, including Latinos and African Americans.
One of the most successful public health interventions in recent years is the comprehensive anti-tobacco policies. It is time for California to build upon the success of the anti-tobacco movement which has shown that health warnings can increase knowledge and perceptions of risk, and can promote smoking cessation of both youth and adults.
SB 1000’s warning label will allow every day consumers to make purchasing choices informed by the latest scientific evidence. It is a major step forward in the fight against California’s obesity and diabetes epidemic. It will protect our families and promote informed purchasing decisions by requiring a warning about the harmful effects of consumption of drinks with added sugars. I strongly support this important public health legislation and thank you for your leadership on this topic.
Sponsorship of SB 1000 (Monning)Read the Letter