Will soda warning labels really help?

05/13/2014 2:05 PM

05/13/2014 10:58 AM

Re "Public needs warning on soda's threat to health" (Editorials, May 11): I don't necessarily disagree with adding a tobacco-style warning label on sugary beverages. However, I'm just not convinced the addition of such labels will make a significant difference in the war on obesity and its related health risks, especially if teenagers are the main target.

Although the number of teenagers who smoke has decreased from previous decades, according to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, "Each day, nearly 4,000 kids under the age of 18 try their first cigarette and another 1,000 become regular, daily smokers." This is despite the well-known health hazards and Surgeon General warning labels.

Do you really think teenagers will be reading warning labels on sodas? You ask, "What teenager studies the fine print on the back of a Coke can?" Probably the same teenager who reads the warning label on the front of the can.

-- Nicole Ekedahl, Sacramento

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