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Soda tax would finance anti-obesity programs

February 17, 2011

A California lawmaker has introduced legislation that would slap a penny-per-ounce tax on every soda and sugar-sweetened beverage sold in the state.

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Majority of voters back soda tax to fight obesity

April 20, 2010

A majority of Californians would support a “small” tax on sweetened soda as a way to fight obesity, according to a Field Poll survey sponsored by a public health advocacy group. The poll found that 56 percent would support such a tax, with 43 percent opposed.

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Modest soda taxes don’t affect consumption or weight gain

March 31, 2010

Modest additional sales taxes on sweetened soft drinks won’t do much to curb consumption or child obesity, according to a study released today. But higher special taxes on soda might have more impact.

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Florez proposes soda tax to fund obesity prevention programs

February 18, 2010

California Senate Majority Leader Dean Florez (D-Shafter) has introduced legislation to tax sodas and other sugar-sweetened beverages to fund childhood obesity programs.

The bill would levy a penny tax for every teaspoon of added sugar in commercial beverages sold. Florez estimates that the excise tax on beverage distributors would raise $1.5 billion annually. The money would go to California cities and schools to pay for childhood obesity prevention programs.

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