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    http://abcnews.go.com/Health/Wellnes...bcnews&abcnews

    To summarize, a tax has been suggested to be added to foods that are not good for you like soda. Much in the same way as a tax has been added to cigarettes to help curb smoking.

    Are you in support of such a tax?

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    When I first saw the article I thought it was going to be a tax on overweight people. That I am adamantly against. That said, I do not have a strong objection to a tax on things like soda or potato chips. Those are things that I do not keep in my house and am ok with people calling a luxury.

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    I couldn't get that article to load, the ad at the beginning keeps knocking me offline. There's a town here that has something like this on the November ballot. It's a one-cent tax per ounce on sodas and other added-sugar beverages. The tax proceeds will be used to fund sports and health education programs aimed at local youths. I think it's a great idea, the stick of added cost on soda along with the carrot of more exercise & opportunity to learn better health habits.

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    I am not a fan of this. I dont agree with any new taxes. I also do not see this as a deterrant to drinking soda, just as the huge tax on cigarettes has not drastically reduced the amount people smoke
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    Quote Originally Posted by mom3girls View Post
    I am not a fan of this. I dont agree with any new taxes. I also do not see this as a deterrant to drinking soda, just as the huge tax on cigarettes has not drastically reduced the amount people smoke
    Can you cite this, please? Everything I've seen says that there's been a dramatic decrease both in the number of smokers and in the amount of cigarettes they smokes, since the cigarette tax went into effect a few years ago.
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    I'm not a fan of targeting one (general one) item for taxes because it is deemed "bad" either you tax it all or nothing. You either tax all food or no food. All beverages or no beverages etc.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jessica1980 View Post
    I'm not a fan of targeting one (general one) item for taxes because it is deemed "bad" either you tax it all or nothing. You either tax all food or no food. All beverages or no beverages etc.
    I think you can draw some line without saying "All or none"

    I think you can specifically call out soda because i dont think it has a single redeeming quality. I don't really see why if we tax soda we'd have to tax apples and flax seed too.

    I do agree that it can be tough to draw a line. If you tax Potato Chips, do you tax pretzels? How about rice cakes.

    But i think it would be worth trying. If it were to be effective i'd hate to toss the idea side just because we want an all or none policy.

    I think soda would be a great place to start, such a huge culprit.
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    I see what you are saying Kim but I hate it still. I don't agree with alcohol having several taxes on it but soda doesn't. I just don't see an added tax being an added benefit.

    As in the other debate, I would rather see subsidies for healthier drinks (water, milk, 100% juice if we need a sweeter drink) and healthier foods than taxing crappy foods.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jessica1980 View Post
    I see what you are saying Kim but I hate it still. I don't agree with alcohol having several taxes on it but soda doesn't. I just don't see an added tax being an added benefit.

    As in the other debate, I would rather see subsidies for healthier drinks (water, milk, 100% juice if we need a sweeter drink) and healthier foods than taxing crappy foods.
    Water is already free and milk is already subsidized. Juice is no better than soda.

    What's really so wrong with taxing crappy foods & beverages and using the proceeds to help educate young people about the better options?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Spacers View Post
    Water is already free and milk is already subsidized. Juice is no better than soda.

    What's really so wrong with taxing crappy foods & beverages and using the proceeds to help educate young people about the better options?

    Hold the bus batman, where do you live that water is FREE? I have to pay for mine, or pay for a filtration system and hike myself into the mountains and get myself some. You don't get a water bill every month? Or do you collect rainwater and filter it? I'm intrigued as I thought that you were a city dweller.

    I also disagree with the blanket statement that juice is no better than water. Comparing a wheatgrass shot to a coke is insanity. Yes that is an extreme, and we are not "juice" drinkers in that we don't but it, but we do own a juicer and make it on occasion. There is a lot of good that can come from juicing fresh fruits and veggies.

    I'm all for it. Soda is garbage and I see absolutely no downside.

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