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Taxing soda to fight obesity?

April 8, 2009 12:00:00 AM PDT
What's the best way to fight obesity? Some say a tax on sugary beverages is the way to go, and several states are already considering it.Studies show kids in this country drink more soda and other sweetened beverages than milk, and that concerns many.

High taxes on cigarettes have cut smoking rates, so experts think a similar tax on soda and other sweetened drinks might curb consumption up to 10 percent.

Doctors say soda drinkers tend to weigh more and have a higher risk for diabetes.


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