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Report Says San Diego Would Reap $116 Million Annually From Soda Tax

— A measure that would impose a 1-cent-per-ounce tax on sugary drinks will get its first hearing in the California legislature on Monday. A new report finds the tax would generate $1.7 billion a year to fight obesity.

The report says San Diego County's annual share of the tax revenue would be $116 million. The California Center for Public Health Advocacy says its report is based on data from the State Board of Equalization.

Under the measure, most of the money would go to school-district and community initiatives to reduce obesity.

The center's Dr. Howard Goldstein wrote the report. He said taxing sweetened drinks makes sense.

"Given the enormous social costs and the harm that these products are doing," Goldstein pointed out, "it's very reasonable as a public health strategy, to raise the price of those products, and to use those funds to help solve the problem."

The measure would require a two-thirds vote in the state legislature to pass. At least four Republican legislators would have to approve it.

So far this year, GOP members have maintained their no-new-taxes pledge.

California lawmakers rejected a soda tax last year.

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Avatar for user 'healthreform'

healthreform | April 22, 2011 at 7:27 a.m. ― 5 years, 11 months ago

SODA is 100 years old yet it suddenly is responsible for OBESITY...NONSENSE

The Anti Obesity drug makers and diabetes drug makers take in 10 billion$$$$ every year with no cure!!

Food Chemicals are the cause of the diabetes and obesity crisis

The FDA and Drug makers know this and are laughing to the Billionaire$$$ bank

The food chemicals break the gut(insulin) and this is the cause of the diabetes and obesity crisis

A filmmaker has been reversing diabetes and Obesity in now 10 countries and the drug makers do not promote the story



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radiofree | April 22, 2011 at 1:14 p.m. ― 5 years, 11 months ago

Obesity is an uncounted cost of cheap sodas. I like the idea that companies making a profit by pushing junk will bear some of the costs. A soda tax makes perfect sense.

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brixsy | April 22, 2011 at 9:38 p.m. ― 5 years, 11 months ago

What about HFCS, refined foods like white wheat and sugar, artificial colorings and preservatives? This is nonsense, we need to make more green foods (fruits, vegetables) and healthy choices available in the neighborhoods where there's no access, and have active incentives at workplaces for people who control their health (cash rewards for biggest improvements in weight / blood pressure/ whatever else).

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CSRD | April 26, 2011 at 12:21 p.m. ― 5 years, 11 months ago

If obesity is the issue of concern for the California Assembly Revenue and Taxation Committee and the California Center for Public Health Advocacy (and it should be), there are alternate ways to address this health dilemma besides raising taxes on sodas. Based on my past experience, this increase in the cost of soda will not make an impact on food and beverage choices made by today's consumer What health professionals and advocates must do is support the many nutrition education programs already in place in schools and health care facilities. I have been a registered dietitian for over thirty years and I work with families and consult with the food and beverage industry. I attempt to correct nutrition misinformation in all areas of my work by not pointing at specific foods, beverages or ingredients as the cause for disease states such as obesity. I provide realistic and practical advice to help families live in a healthier manner such as encouraging lean meats, whole grains, fruits, vegetables, nuts, low fat dairy and consumption of non-nutrient dense foods like soda in moderation. Taxing soda is not fair to consumers who want the knowledge to make better food and beverages choices on their own terms.

Carol Sloan RD

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