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Philly Takes Its ‘War on Soda’ to the Next Level

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Last spring the city of Philadelphia made a compelling case for adding an additional tax on sales of soda and other sugary and sweetened beverages as a means of curbing childhood obesity and a public health nightmare, while simultaneously plugging a hole in the city’s budget. Ultimately — thanks mostly to efforts by lobbyists hired by soft drink manufacturers — the proposed tax was snuffed out. In the end Philadelphians preferred increased property taxes and the possibility of trash pick-up fees over a few extra cents on soda sales. Not to be outdone, the city’s Department of Health is now getting behind a new campaign that’s urging the federal government to require health warnings — like those on cigarettes and alcoholic beverages — on soda and beverages with large amounts of sugar and other sweeteners. [Newsworks]

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Philly Takes Its ‘War on Soda’ to the Next Level