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London To Ban Ads For Unhealthy Eats On Public Transportation

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London Mayor Sadiq Khan announced a ban on junk food advertisements across the city’s transportation network on Friday. The new rules will take effect on Feb. 25, 2019.  |  Wolfgang Kaehler/LightRocket via Getty Images

Londoners riding the tube have only a few more months to feast their eyes on cheesy, greasy burger ads and other high-calorie treats on promotional posters.

As of February, the city will ban junk food advertising across all of London’s public transportation network, the mayor’s office announced on Friday. It is part of the city’s larger plan to stem rising childhood obesity rates.

“Child obesity is putting the lives of young Londoners at risk and placing huge pressure on our already strained health service,” Mayor Sadiq Khan said in a statement.

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