In a devastating blow to the beverage industry, 4 cities passed soda taxes
Posted on November 9, 2016 | Vox by Julia Belluz
In a major blow to the beverage industry, all four cities that voted on soda taxes yesterday passed them in landslide victories.
San Francisco, Oakland, and Albany, California, voted in ballot measures that would levy a penny-per-ounce tax on distributors of sugary drinks. The people of Boulder, Colorado, also said yes to a 2-cent-per-ounce excise tax on distributors.
"This is an astonishing repudiation of big soda. For too long, the big soda companies got away with putting profits over their customers’ health," said Jim Krieger, the executive director of Healthy Food America. "That changed tonight."
Following Philly's lead, soda taxes approved in four more cities
Posted on November 9, 2016 | Philly.com by Don Sapatkin
Voters in San Francisco and three other cities overwhelmingly approved by-the-ounce soda taxes, upgrading Philadelphia's status overnight from outlier to soothsayer in a trend that proponents hope will establish a new kind of sin tax.
Four More Cities Have Soda Taxes Thanks To Michael Bloomberg’s $18 Million
Posted on November 9, 2016 | Daily Caller by Thomas Phippen
Four cities voted to impose taxes on sodas and sugary drinks Tuesday after a fight that attracted around $50 million from activists and food industry lobbyists.
Three cities in the California’s Bay Area — San Francisco, Oakland and Albany — overwhelmingly passed 1 cent-per-ounce tax on drinks, and Boulder, Colo., voters approved a 2 cent-per-ounce tax, Fox News reports.
Soda tax measures pass in 4 US cities
Posted on November 9, 2016 | Fox News
Sugary soda is about to get more expensive in several cities.
On Tuesday, San Francisco, Oakland, Albany, Calif. and Boulder, Colo. voters passed measures to tax sodas in landslide victories.
"This is an astonishing repudiation of big soda. For too long, the big soda companies got away with putting profits over their customers’ health," Jim Krieger, the executive director of Healthy Food America, told Vox Tuesday. "That changed tonight."
Soda Taxes Win Big on Election Night
Posted on November 9, 2016 | Take Part by Willy Blackmore
On Tuesday, voters in four cities cast ballots that will triple the number of municipal soda tax measures in the United States. San Francisco, Oakland, Albany, California, and Boulder, Colorado, will join Berkeley and Philadelphia in charging an extra penny or two per ounce for sugar-sweetened beverages.
Four US cities vote for soda taxes: 'This is an astonishing repudiation of Big Soda'
Posted on November 9, 2016 | Food Navigator by Adi Menayang and Elaine Watson
Voters in the Bay Area cities of Albany, Oakland, and San Francisco, as well as Boulder, CO, have voted to levy a tax on soda and sugary drinks, while four out of five states passed or likely passed measures to legalize recreational cannabis (California, Massachusetts, Maine, Nevada).
Passage of Four Soda Tax Measures Deals Major Blow To The Beverage Industry
Posted on November 9, 2016 | Forbes by
The beverage industry’s deep-pocketed campaign against sugary drink taxes crumbled last night as soda tax ballot measures passed handily in four U.S. cities.
In California, San Francisco’s Measure V passed with 61.87% of the vote, Oakland’s Measure HH received a winning 60.75% of the vote, and, Albany’s Measure O1 was approved with 70.67% support. All three California measures will tax sugary drinks at a penny-per-ounce.
Mexico's soda tax will save 18,900 lives and more than $983 million over 10 years, study says
Posted on November 3, 2016 | Los Angeles Times by Melissa Healy
A new estimate of the health impact of soda taxes in Mexico sheds some light on what’s at stake in ballot measures coming to a vote in three Bay-area cities and Boulder, Colo. next week. In cases of heart disease and diabetes averted, the model suggests that, in Mexico, those levies are on track to save close to a billion dollars and powerfully improve lives.
After a tandem run-up in consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages and obesity, Mexico has become one of the fattest countries on Earth. In 2014, it adopted a 10% excise tax on the sale of sugary drinks.
13 Urgent Science and Health Issues the Candidates Have Not Been Talking About
Posted on November 3, 2016 | Scientific American by Kazi Awal
In this election season science and health have taken a backseat. Worse, presidential candidate Donald Trump dismissed climate change as a Chinese hoax. His opponent, Hillary Clinton, vowed to dig up what the government knows about UFOs. Science is hardly getting its due.
Meanwhile in labs and institutions around the country, scientists are hard at work: inventing technologies to make guns safer, developing antibiotics to quell treatment-resistant infections and searching for more efficient forms of renewable, clean energy. This research addresses complex scientific and social issues that require thoughtful policy-making and debate. The country's next Congress and president will have much to consider.
Should You Vote For A Soda Tax This November? Science Says Yes
Posted on November 2, 2016 | Huffington Post by Erin Schumaker
Several cities have soda tax proposals on the ballot Nov. 8., including San Francisco and Oakland, California and Boulder, Colorado. For those voting on these sometimes controversial initiatives, a new study in the American Journal of Public Health provides some important perspective.
By tracing the country’s first local soda tax, enacted in March 2015 in Berkeley, California, researchers found that taxing sugar-sweetened beverages by a penny per ounce reduced soda consumption by 21 percent in two low-income neighborhoods.