Since 2014, when Berkeley, California, became the first US city to pass a soda tax measure at the polls. The soda industry mostly represented by the American Beverage Association, as well as the major players Coca-Cola and Pepsi has more than doubled its spending on lobbying and campaigning against soda tax initiatives, from $14 million to $37.7 million. It is not clear how much soda taxes will impact health researchers have known for years that high-calorie, nutrient-poor beverages such as soda have been major contributors to the obesity epidemic.
- November 23, 2016
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