04/16/2010 05:12 am ET | Updated Nov 17, 2011

Mark Bittman: Is Soda The New Tobacco? Critics Say Soda Tax Would Help Reduce Childhood Obesity

In their critics' eyes, producers of sugar-sweetened drinks are acting a lot like the tobacco industry of old: marketing heavily to children, claiming their products are healthy or at worst benign, and lobbying to prevent change. The industry says there are critical differences: in moderate quantities soda isn't harmful, nor is it addictive.

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