Growing support for cigarette-style warnings on fizzy drinks
A proposal to put “cigarette-style” warnings on sugary drinks in a bid to combat obesity, type 2 diabetes and poor dental health is gaining support from around New Zealand.
The New Zealand Dental Association (NZDA) is pushing for graphic images of rotten teeth to be put on fizzy drink packaging.
But the Beverage Council says the proposal is ridiculous and “alarmist”.
NZDA spokesman Dr Rob Beaglehole said dentists supported the measure because they were confronted daily with the unnecessary pain and suffering caused by sugary drink consumption.
“[Fizzy drinks] are highly linked to tooth decay, obesity and type 2 diabetes. You cannot exercise your way out of tooth decay epidemic.”