In the lead up to the 2019 NSW State Election, Cancer Council NSW is calling on the next NSW Government to commit to reduce the risk of cancer within the community.
About 200,000 NSW children use the train or bus daily. On these journeys they are exposed to plenty of advertising.
In February 2018, we looked at the amount of junk food advertising on NSW Government owned transport facilities.
The majority (82%) of food advertisements were for junk food and drink and only 1 in 10 were for healthier foods. One third of food advertisements were for sugar sweetened drinks (often frozen drinks as it was summer) and one in five were for meals such as burgers and chicken products.
In light of these results, Cancer Council NSW is asking the community to support the Saving Life 2019 campaign and ask the next NSW Government to protect children from the influence of junk food marketing by removing junk food advertising from public transport.
Results were presented at the event hosted by Sydney Health Law, the Food Governance Node and Cancer Council NSW: Protecting children from unhealthy food marketing: Learning from the past, ideas for the future.