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San Francisco Wants To Be The City That Takes Down Big Soda

The Huffington Post | Lydia O'Connor | Posted 03.10.2015 | Politics

If California is leading the charge against Big Soda, San Francisco is now standing on the front lines. On Tuesday, three San Francisco supervisor...

Lydia O'Connor

California Readies Another Assault On Sugary Drinks

HuffingtonPost.com | Lydia O'Connor | Posted 02.16.2015 | Politics

If the soft drink industry thought its fight with health reformers ended in the San Francisco Bay Area last election season, a new bill in the Califor...

What Happens in Berkeley... Goes National

Larry Cohen | Posted 01.18.2015 | San Francisco
Larry Cohen

Many change makers, who don't necessarily want to risk being the first, are ready, once they see success, to follow in its footsteps. That's how norms change works -- each effort leads to greater success in the next round.

Why the Soda Tax Is So Important

Jeff Ritterman, MD | Posted 01.13.2015 | Green
Jeff Ritterman, MD

The Berkeley soda tax victory is a successful example of an empowered community insisting that the health of its children come before the profits of transnational corporations. If Berkeley can crush Big Soda, other cities can too. And if Big Soda can be defeated, other mega-corporations can too!

Big Soda's Grip Fizzles as Berkeley Passes a Soda Tax

Nancy Huehnergarth | Posted 01.07.2015 | Healthy Living
Nancy Huehnergarth

Big Soda's obscenely expensive winning streak has fizzled out. Berkeley, California has become the first city in the nation to pass a sugary drink tax specifically designed to reduce consumption.

The Soda Tax Experiment, Now Underway

Ayala Laufer-Cahana, M.D. | Posted 01.06.2015 | Healthy Living
Ayala Laufer-Cahana, M.D.

The Berkeley sugary drinks law might be the experiment that provides the evidence that would justify similar measures in other cities.

Will Big Soda Learn From Election Day 2014?

Michael F. Jacobson | Posted 01.06.2015 | Healthy Living
Michael F. Jacobson

Now is the time for the public health community to learn the real lessons from Berkeley.

Support Soda Taxes: Avoid Premature Aging

Jeff Ritterman, MD | Posted 12.30.2014 | Healthy Living
Jeff Ritterman, MD

I was summoned to the emergency room stat. We tried unsuccessfully for more than 40 minutes to resuscitate the patient. Death by heroin overdose. T...

Think a Soda Tax Is Regressive? Try Diabetes

Andy Bellatti | Posted 12.17.2014 | Healthy Living
Andy Bellatti

If the well-being of lower-income Americans is so important to the beverage industry, how about ending the relentless marketing onslaught of sugar-laden and harmful products targeted right at them?

The Soda Tax Wars: Let's Help San Francisco and Berkeley Crush Big Soda

Jeff Ritterman, MD | Posted 12.08.2014 | Healthy Living
Jeff Ritterman, MD

Opponents of soda taxes say they don't work. They point to a study from the University of Wisconsin at Madison. Actually, that study showed that soda taxes do work. Weak soda taxes of three percent, without any accompanying public health campaign, work weakly. But, they work. They decrease soda consumption.

Soda Giants Vow To Make Big Change

AP | By CANDICE CHOI | Posted 09.24.2014 | Business

NEW YORK (AP) — Coke, Pepsi and Dr Pepper say they'll work to reduce the calories Americans get from beverages by 20 percent over the next decade by...

Big Soda's Open Letter to San Francisco on the Soda Tax

Nancy Huehnergarth | Posted 11.09.2014 | Healthy Living
Nancy Huehnergarth

Hello San Franciscans, We surely speak for everyone when we say that taxing sugary drinks is a horrible idea -- especially for those of us in the sod...

The High Cost Of Sitting Down With Industry

Andy Bellatti | Posted 10.13.2014 | Healthy Living
Andy Bellatti

The nutritional fable goes something like this: Rather than criticize industry for its questionable practices, health organizations should "sit at the table" with industry leaders and see what compromises can be reached. This all sounds wonderfully cooperative and democratic, but it also ignores some stark realities.

Aborted Thinking

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 10.08.2014 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

We all like autonomy, and all concede it has to end somewhere. As I once heard an ethicist quip, my autonomy to swing a stick certainly ends where your nose begins.

Most California Residents Support A Soda Tax To Fight Obesity

Reuters | Posted 08.06.2014 | Healthy Living

By Jennifer Chaussee June 5 (Reuters) - Fighting obesity by taxing sugary drinks and restricting junk food advertisements aimed at chi...

Soda Taxes Can Work. Here's How.

The Huffington Post | Kevin Short | Posted 06.02.2014 | Business

Soda taxes can work, according to a new study. We've just been proposing the wrong type. A new study published in the American Journal of Agricultu...

Sugary Drinks May Increase Stroke Risk

Jeff Ritterman, MD | Posted 06.15.2014 | Healthy Living
Jeff Ritterman, MD

A new study from researchers at the prestigious Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden looked at whether sugary drinks increase the risk of a stro...

Man Threatens Kill Spree Over Pop Tax: Police

The Huffington Post | Ed Mazza | Posted 04.15.2014 | Crime

A Chicago man was apparently so angry over a tax on soft drinks he allegedly pulled out a submachine gun and threatened people with it, police say. ...

Tax a Cola, Improve Life for San Francisco's Children

Jeff Ritterman, MD | Posted 06.02.2014 | Home
Jeff Ritterman, MD

In San Francisco, the communities with the highest hospitalization rates for type-2 diabetes are the same communities with the highest rates of soda consumption. Type-2 diabetes is far more costly and far more regressive than any soda tax ever could be.

UW-Madison Study Actually Shows That Soda Taxes Do Work!

Jeff Ritterman, MD | Posted 05.28.2014 | Healthy Living
Jeff Ritterman, MD

How in the world this story got spun into evidence against soda taxes is beyond me.

Tax a Cola, Spend More Money Without Meaningful Benefits

Jayson Lusk | Posted 05.28.2014 | Home
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Jayson Lusk

It is difficult to believe that soda taxes are any less distortionary to the economy or are more progressive than are countless alternative means for the government to raise revenue.

Tax a Cola, Save the Planet

Jeff Ritterman, MD | Posted 05.26.2014 | Green
Jeff Ritterman, MD

A simple policy change like the Soda Tax can help us waste less water, lower our GHG production, and lessen the pollution of our air, water and soil. It's a win-win-win: a win for the environment, a win for our children, and a win for our communities.

Sugar Kills! How Do We Decrease Consumption?

Jeff Ritterman, MD | Posted 05.20.2014 | Healthy Living
Jeff Ritterman, MD

Our advice could be simple: "Eat real food. If they advertise it, don't buy it." The explanation simple as well: They advertise food and beverages because they want you to eat and drink products that are unhealthy."

Convenience Stores: C Is for Conundrum

Jeff Ritterman, MD | Posted 05.14.2014 | Healthy Living
Jeff Ritterman, MD

Is it possible to save our teens from the adverse health impacts of sugary drink consumption without destroying the livelihood of the C-store shopkeeper? What kind of transformation of the C-store would be needed for this to happen?

Soda Taxes: Leveling the Playing Field

Daniel J. Schultz | Posted 04.26.2014 | Home
Daniel J. Schultz

Only pro-consumption cues were given from both the advertisers and in my personal life, such as being rewarded with a soda after my baseball game or the cheap, allowance-friendly price of a bottle of Pepsi at my local convenience store.