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Soda Tax May Not be the Answer

Posted Apr 01 2010 8:50am

On soda taxes:

“Small taxes will not prevent obesity.”

– Roland Sturn, senior economist and lead author of study

“Taxes have to be large enough to affect consumption.”

– Kelly Brownell, director of Yale University’s Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity

A study found that taxing sugary drinks may not be the answer to the obesity problem.  I don’t think that’s a breaking news flash. 

The bottom line is, if people want a soda, they will buy a soda.  If the tax is an extra $.30 (hypothetical number), do you think people care?  Sure, at least taxing soda will help bring in a little cashmoney to the government, but it is not a solution for this nation’s health problems. 

I don’t know what is.  I think somehow helping people understand why they shouldn’t drink 6 cans of Coke a day might be a good start though.  How to do that?  No idea. 

It’s hard for healthy eating/drinking campaigns to compete with the billions spent on advertising for the unhealthy stuff. 

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