We’ve seen it with tobacco. As taxes went up, use went down. Public health advocates have been salivating over the prospect of a tax on sugar-sweetened beverages to give them a similar foothold in the obesity epidemic and the myriad health problems excess weight causes. But hard evidence on the health effects of such a tax has been limited.
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Mexico’s soda tax took effect Jan. 1, and sales of sugar-sweetened drinks fell 10 percent in the next three months.
The East Bay Express chose one heckuva startling headline for its article examining the fight over Measure N — Richmond’s penny-per-ounce tax on soda and sugar sweetened beverages that was defeated last November. “Race Baiting in Richmond” alleges that big business used race to fracture Richmond’s progressive community in its ultimately successful campaign to defeat the tax.
Earlier this week, KQED’s Mina Kim looked at the ongoing soda tax campaign in Richmond. In November, voters will decide whether to impose a penny an ounce fee on sweetened drinks. Today, William Harless at California Watch drilled down into newly released campaign finance disclosures and learned that — not surprisingly — tax opponents are outspending tax supporters.
What might be somewhat more surprising is that the margin is 10 to 1. Harless reports that the American Beverage Association, based in Washington and representing Coca Cola, PepsiCo et. a. has spent $150,000 since June. (Note that the City Council voted to put the tax on the ballot on May 15.)
Last night the Richmond City Council voted to let the people decide. The Council instructed staff to prepare a ballot measure for next November to tax sugar-sweetened beverages, what most people call a “soda tax.”
Richmond voters may have the chance to make their city the first in California, and one of the first in the country, to slap a special tax not just on sodas, but also sports drinks, energy drinks, fruit-flavored drinks and the like
The bill failed last year, but Sen. Monning, who is backing the bill, is hoping for a better outcome this year.
Sports and energy drinks often contain high amounts of sugar and caffeine.
Banning food stamps for sugary drinks could reduce obesity, Type 2 diabetes rates, says Stanford study.
The Affordable Care Act includes a provision which requires many restaurants and vending machines to display calories. The soda industry has been under fire for its role in increasing obesity rates. Voters in Richmond are considering a tax on sugar-sweetened beverages and last month’s New York City banned sales of sugary drinks larger than 16 …
Voters in Richmond and El Monte will decide on a penny-per-ounce “soda tax” in November. Health advocates are hoping that New York City’s approval to limit the sale of super-sized sugary beverages will help them gain traction for their efforts in California. Source: Latimes California health advocates hope their state will see some movement on …