Over-consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages can be reduced through public policies, which can be adopted by all levels of government.

Warning label on sugary drinks' containers

A warning on the front of sugar-sweetened beverages’ containers provides adequate information to the public about the health risks associated with these products.

The consumer would read:

“Regularly drinking beverages with added sugar(s) contributes to obesity, diabetes, and tooth decay”.

In this regard, an Ipsos poll, sponsored by the Weight Coalition and conducted in 2016, shows that 85% of Quebecers support the idea that the government introduces a mandatory warning label on sugary drinks’ containers.

Moreover, in a study published in the journal Pediatrics researchers show that with such a warning, most parents would give up purchasing sugar-sweetened beverages for their children.

Self-service «soda fountains»

On December 17, 2015, France became the first country to ban self-service fountains of drinks with added sugar and drinks with artifical sweetener, by adopting the Loi de modernisation de notre système de santé (French only) in order to reduce the consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages.

In February 2014, an Ipsos poll conducted for the Weight Coalition showed that nearly one in three adults resisted at least once, when restaurants offered unlimited sugary drinks.

The French initiative, which Quebec should follow, sends a clear message about the risks of over-consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages.

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Health-oriented pharmacies

Familiprix has announced the launch of a pilot project aimed at providing truly health-oriented pharmacies with neither sugar-sweetened beverages nor junk food. In a context where obesity and chronic diseases are epidemic, it is essential to rely on pharmacists and their pharmacies to support healthy lifestyles.

For more information, read our press release (French only).

Municipal

  • Prohibiting the distribution of sugar-sweetened beverages in municipal facilities.
  • Facilititating free drinking water in public places.

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