according to Moxie Productions via Getty Images Free refills on sugary beverages are now banned in France.
In a new rule that went into effect on Friday, the country outlawed free or fixed-price refills on soda and other sugary drinks in its latest effort to tackle obesity, the BBC reported.
The refill ban is just the latest health measure put in place by the French.
The law follows recommendations by the World Health Organization, which has also suggested taxing sugary drinks to decrease their consumption.
It’s the country’s latest effort to fight obesity.
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France Bans Free Soda Refills in Attack on Obesity
A year later, it imposed a “soda tax.” On Friday, the government said no restaurants can offer free refills of sodas and other sugary drinks.
Mexico added a 10 percent surcharge on sugary drinks in 2014 to reduce alarming levels of diabetes there.
Philadelphia became the first major city this year to introduce a tax on soda and other sugary drinks, provoking public outrage.
The law, which takes effect immediately, said it aimed to “limit, especially among the young,” the risks of obesity and diabetes.
The new regulation is the latest attempt to tackle what the government called a relentless rise in the national obesity rate.
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France Tackles Obesity Rates By Banning Free Soda Refills In Restaurants
Recently, Philadelphia imposed its own soda tax, but no major U.S. city has gone so far as to ban refills in restaurants.
Plus, we’ve seen soda taxes work in the United States.
After Berkeley, California implemented the first soda tax in the country, consumption of sugary beverages fell by 21 percent and water consumption rose by 63 percent, according to a study in the American Journal of Public Health.
But you don’t have to wait for taxes and bans to kick your soda habit.
“Substituting an alternative drink makes you two to three times more likely to resist temptation,” Halvroson says.
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