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Soda Taxes

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?

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.

Nation's First Soda Tax Passes In Berkeley, Fails in San Francisco

The Huffington Post | Lydia O'Connor | Posted 11.05.2014 | Politics

Local ballot measures in California to create the nation’s first taxes on sugary drinks saw both victory and defeat Tuesday when a bill won in Berke...

We Have the 'Cure' for Obesity, But Is the Pill Too Difficult to Swallow?

Bettina Elias Siegel | Posted 08.18.2014 | Healthy Living
Bettina Elias Siegel

When you read about one in 10 kids facing the possibility of a liver transplant due solely to the unhealthful American diet, you really do have to wonder: Where on earth is the tipping point?

Big Soda's Front Group Arrives Early in San Francisco

Michele Simon | Posted 05.05.2014 | Home
Michele Simon

Lawmakers in San Francisco introduced a bill that would tax sugary beverages at two cents per ounce. The estimated $31 million in annual revenue would go to local health programs. It didn't take long for Big Soda to respond in the way it knows best: by setting up a front group.

Kim Bellware

Will This Proposed Soda Tax Succeed Where Others Have Fizzled? | Kim Bellware | Posted 02.20.2014 | Politics

CHICAGO -- With one of every 100 deaths of obese people per year reportedly linked to a sugary drink-heavy diet, the soda industry is increasingly fac...

Navajos Leading the Way in the Fight Against Obesity

Christina Palmer, M.D. | Posted 04.14.2014 | Healthy Living
Christina Palmer, M.D.

The rest of the country should pay attention to what happens on the Navajo Nation following the institution of the junk food tax, which recently passed. They may lead the way for the rest of America in the fight against obesity and related chronic disease.

Food Swamps, Unhealthy Food Access and Moving Beyond Personal Responsibility

Daniel J. Schultz | Posted 03.24.2014 | Home
Daniel J. Schultz

As we have done successfully with tobacco, we need to move beyond individualistic public health nutrition goals and aim to reshape our food environment as a collective whole.

Why The Bloomberg Soda Ban Ban Isn't As Important As You Think

The Huffington Post | Joe Satran | Posted 03.12.2013 | Healthy Living

Over the past 24 hours, it's become clear that the surest way to draw attention to a story about soda laws is to include the word "Bloomberg" in the h...

Soda Tax Proposal Defeated For Odd Reason

The Huffington Post | Joe Satran | Posted 02.25.2013 | Healthy Living

States and towns throughout the country (even Texas!) propose taxes on soda all the time. Lawmakers hope that these taxes will generate a bit of reven...

Coke's Ad on Obesity Is Brilliant

Nancy Huehnergarth | Posted 03.18.2013 | Healthy Living
Nancy Huehnergarth

Obesity prevention funders can continue to fund dozens of small local or regional anti-soda/anti-junk food campaigns that will have limited impact. Or, they can try something different -- like banding together and funding one brilliant national counter-marketing campaign.

Voters Reject Soda Tax Ballot Initiatives

The Huffington Post | Joe Satran | Posted 11.08.2012 | Home

Voters in two midsized California cities rejected ballot iniatives that would have levied citywide taxes on soda Tuesday night. In Richmond, just acro...

Will A New Tax On Soda Help Young, Obese Chicagoans?

Posted 05.01.2012 | Chicago

Chicago aldermen on Tuesday are slated to consider increasing a tax on soda and other sugary beverages in the city. The resolution proposing a tax ...

Alderman Proposes Tax Hike On Soda, Sugary Drinks

Posted 02.17.2012 | Chicago

A Chicago alderman on Thursday introduced a resolution calling on the City Council to look into a new tax on soft drinks and energy drinks -- a propos...

Joe Satran

Soda Taxes Might Save 2,600 Lives A Year | Joe Satran | Posted 01.16.2012 | Home

People get emotional when you bring up the idea of a soda tax. Proponents of the tax are quick to compare it to excise taxes on cigarettes. They argue...