Philadelphia to bring in soda tax to fight obesity


Philadelphia has introduced a levy on carbonated sugary drinks, despite a multimillion-dollar campaign by the beverage industry to block it.

It will become the first major US city to implement a so-called “soda tax”, which supporters say will improve the health of 1.5 million residents.

But opponents say it will hurt small businesses and poorer people.

The measure will come into force in January and is expected to raise $90m (£63m) next year.

The city’s Democratic mayor, Jim Kenney, says the tax revenue will be spent on pre-nursery and community schools, and recreation centres.

He said: “Philadelphia made a historic investment in our neighbourhoods and in our education system today.”

The tax will be set at 1.5 cents per ounce (about 50 cents, or 35 pence per litre). Distributors will be required to pay it on all sugary or artificially sweetened drinks, and may choose whether or not to pass it on to consumers.

“Soda tax” proposals have failed in more than 30 states and the only other city in the US with a similar tax is Berkeley in California.

The beverage industry paid for advertising against the tax proposal, saying the tax would be costly to consumers.

Multimillionaire Harold Honickman, who made his fortune in the soft drink bottling industry, spent an estimated $1.7m (£1.2m) fighting the tax and said he would file a lawsuit against the case.

In Philadelphia, more than 68% of adults and 41% of children are overweight or obese.

The council had already approved the measure in a previous vote, and Thursday’s 13-4 vote rubber-stamped the proposal.


“It will become the first major US city to implement a so-called “soda tax”, which supporters say will improve the health of 1.5 million residents.”

it might..but how about you make the price of water less than the price of soda??

or is that logic to hard to comprehend?


~ by seeker401 on June 22, 2016.

5 Responses to “Philadelphia to bring in soda tax to fight obesity”

  1. But the problem is that the manufacturers will add more deadly sweeteners like aspartame etc which actually causes obesity since the sweetener fools the brain into signaling for more insulin and leads to insulin resistance which makes you fat and tired leading to diabetes ..

    This mechanism is well explained. So consuming ordinary sugar is actually safer for a number of reasons and is less poisonous than chemical sweeteners. I dont advocate sugar but if you must it is safer and you will be less fat.

    I use maple syrup or honey for a sweetener – but for main energy source I use good fats and no poisonous oils like soya , rapeseed , corn etc.
    Only cold pressed olive oil .
    It is a lack of fat that makes people hungry for sweet things .

  2. This will be a boon to convenience stores just outside city limits…
    I just drink water. Sometimes I put a little lemon in it.

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