Several studies showed how much damage can these sugary drinks do to our bodies and more people are starting to realize this is true. Voters showed that they want to approve the tax for sugary drinks. Maybe this was because of the scandal in which companies that produce sugary drinks have been paying researchers to avoid mentioning the fact that their products can damage the health.
The one that started this trend was Berkeley, in 2014. They were the first to implement a tax on sugary drinks and now more cities are thinking of doing the same thing. In Boulder, they want to implement a tax of 2 cents per ounce and in the other 3 California cities, Oakland, San Francisco, and Albany there will be a tax of 1 cent per ounce.
This might be a great decision since people will buy less soft drinks and the economy of those cities will increase. For instance, in Boulder, there will be an increase of $3.8 million just from these taxes. In San Francisco the annual increase is even bigger; almost $15 million.
A lot of money was raised in order to make this campaign against soft drinks because the companies that produce them will anything to stop these taxes from being implemented. These companies want to make more profit with these products and this is why they don’t want this tax because they will lose clients.
Many associations and clinics joined this cause in order to show that sugary drinks can do a lot of damage and that they should have some taxes to make people buy less. The ones that are really concerned are the pediatrics because children tend to drink a lot more sugary drinks than adults. This is why health organizations such as American Academy of Pediatrics endorsed this.
Voters were the ones that had the final saying in this and they approved. In Albany, for instance, more than 70% of people want to implement these taxes for sugary drinks. In San Francisco, more than 60% voted in favor of this tax. The representative for sugary drinks, American Beverage Association made a statement saying that they will respect people’s votes no matter what they chose.
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