Should we tax soda in the name of public health? | The Tylt
Should we tax soda in the name of public health?
We tax tobacco in the name of curbing consumption for public health purposes. With obesity and diabetes running rampant through our population, especially among children, why wouldn't we tax a product this unhealthy?
Studies show even the conversation around whether to tax soda has changed public perception and consumption levels, which (unless you work in the soda industry) is a good thing .
But the soda tax in Philadelphia drew hundreds of protesters. Some say it's ridiculous for the government to subsidize high fructose corn syrup and then turn around and tax consumers for drinking it. Others just think the government has no business trying to manipulate people's eating habits with the tax code.
Cities like Philadelphia and Santa Fe are using the revenue generated by soda taxes to fund childhood education. If you can afford to spend a few dollars on a bottle of sugar, is it good if a penny or two of that goes to programs for kids?
Maybe if you tax the soda you can put some more money back into education just saying, this state has an education and health crisis. https://t.co/x3dtIf35MH