Cities Pass Soda Tax Measures on Sugary Beverages

Newsmax | 11/9/2016 | Staff
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Four cities passed soda tax measures on Tuesday, imposing taxes of 1 or 2 cents per ounce on sugary beverages said to contribute to health problems such as obesity and diabetes.

Voters in San Francisco, Oakland, and Albany, California, approved a tax of 1 cent per ounce for beverages including energy drinks, sweetened tea, and sports drinks, Fox News reported. Boulder, Colorado, voters passed a 2-cents-per-ounce tax on the drinks.

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“This is an astonishing repudiation of big soda. For too long, the big soda companies got away with putting profits over their customers’ health,” Jim Krieger, the executive director of Healthy Food America, told Vox. “That changed tonight.”

The soda measures passed with 62 percent of the vote in San Francisco and Oakland, Vox noted. Albany's soda tax measure passed with 71 percent support, and Boulder's drew 55 percent support.

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These four cities join Berkeley and Philadelphia, which already had soda taxes, Vox noted.

According to Fox, the tax will apply to “energy drinks, sweetened tea and sports drinks...
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