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Freedom, Fairness, And The Nanny State: "Nudging" Through Pigovian Taxes

Cait Lamberton | Posted 06.30.2016 | Education
Cait Lamberton

If a Pigovian tax is desirable for some reason, whether to nudge healthier behavior or to raise needed revenue, is there a way to make it more acceptable?

Philadelphia Soda Tax Opponents Fail To Disclose Conflicts Of Interest

Scott Weathers | Posted 06.30.2016 | Impact
Scott Weathers

Until ATR fully discloses its donors -- or Forbes retracts their piece -- we can be sure of one thing: the soda industry has a reliable ally in Americans for Tax Reform for the years ahead.

Beverage Industry Finds Friend Inside U.S. Health Agency

Carey Gillam | Posted 06.28.2016 | Politics
Carey Gillam

It's been a rough year for Big Soda, sellers of those sugary soft drinks that kids (and adults) love to chug. A June 16 decision by city leaders in ...

Philadelphia Becomes First Major City To Tax Soda

Reuters | Anna Almendrala | Posted 06.28.2016 | Healthy Living

By Luc Cohen NEW YORK (Reuters) - Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney scored a victory that eluded more than 40 U.S. public officials who took on the powerf...

Transparency Trumps Sugar: the New Nutrition Label and the Fight Against Obesity

William Dietz | Posted 07.06.2016 | College
William Dietz

Could it be we’re entering a sugar awareness Zeitgeist? That is, are we awakening to the abundance of sugar in the American diet and the toll it can...

Message to Bernie: There's Nothing Populist About Soda Pop

Laurie David | Posted 04.25.2016 | Politics
Laurie David

I love the Bern. I even feel the Bern occasionally. But I'm afraid he unwittingly stumbled into a sticky Big Soda trap last week when he declined to support the soda tax that Philadelphia's popular mayor Jim Kenney is fighting for.

Bernie v Hillary: Liberals, Progressives and the Soda Tax

Richard Brodsky | Posted 04.25.2016 | Politics
Richard Brodsky

Who's right? They're both right. It will reduce obesity and raise needed revenue. It is a regressive tax which, like all sales taxes, impacts the poor disproportionately.

Hillary vs Bernie: Who's Right On the Philadelphia Soda Tax?

Laura Goldman | Posted 04.22.2016 | Politics
Laura Goldman

Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney's proposed three cent an ounce tax on soda to fund universal Pre-K made national headlines this week when Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton endorsed the tax. Bernie Sanders then came out against the tax labeling it regressive.

Hillary Clinton And Bernie Sanders Disagree On Taxing Soda

The Huffington Post | Sam Levine | Posted 04.23.2016 | Politics

There's a new policy disagreement brewing between Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Hillary Clinton: a soda tax. Clinton said on Wednesday that she sup...

Why Are Sugars in Drinks Singled Out?

Ayala Laufer-Cahana, M.D. | Posted 04.19.2016 | Healthy Living
Ayala Laufer-Cahana, M.D.

So is it just that liquid sugar lends itself to overconsumption, or does sugar in liquid form pose an especially tough burden on our body's metabolism?

Americans Finally Found Something Better To Drink Than Soda

The Huffington Post | Anna Almendrala | Posted 04.19.2016 | Healthy Living

Bottled water consumption is set to overtake soda in the U.S. this year, according to new data from the market research firm Euromonitor. Products lik...

This Latina Mom Supports CA's Proposed Soda Tax

Elisa Batista | Posted 04.10.2016 | Latino Voices
Elisa Batista

Let's be real here. Soda isn't harmless. It's liquid sugar that too often is consumed by kids like water. And now I want to say loud and clear: this mamá supports California's proposed soda tax.

Oops! Coke Apologizes After Getting Busted Spending Millions to Manipulate Science

Dr. Harold Goldstein | Posted 08.25.2015 | Business
Dr. Harold Goldstein

Like a cat caught with the pet canary in its mouth, the world's largest beverage company has guilt written all over its face. With little feathers still floating all over the house, Coca-Cola wants us to believe it is filled with remorse for spending millions of dollars manipulating science.

The Vast Majority Of Us Drink Too Many Sugar-Sweetened Beverages

The Huffington Post | Erin Schumaker | Posted 08.14.2015 | Healthy Living

Sugar-sweetened beverages are hurting everyone, and just about everyone is drinking too much of them. But the largest meta-analysis of its kind just f...

Dark Parody Of Famous Coke Ad Shines Lights On Soda's Health Risks

The Huffington Post | Lydia O'Connor | Posted 06.23.2015 | Healthy Living

In this dark parody of a wildly famous 1971 Coca-Cola ad, the original scenes of an international choir united by their love of Coke are replaced with...

The Blind Spot in the Anti-Soda Crusade

Gail Sullivan | Posted 06.13.2016 | Healthy Living
Gail Sullivan

There is much we still don't understand about how artificial sweeteners may affect humans, but a growing body of research suggests turning to diet soda to feed a sugar craving may not be a good bet. A smart approach is to reduce consumption of sugar, fake or real.

San Francisco Approves Health Warnings On Ads For Sugary Drinks

Associated Press | Posted 06.09.2015 | Politics

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — San Francisco supervisors voted Tuesday to approve health warnings on ads for sugary sodas and some other drinks, saying such b...

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...