Should Government Tax Soda to Keep People Healthy?

A new report blames sugary soda for the deaths of 6,000 Americans in the last decade, saying it contributes to obesity, heart disease and diabetes. The analysis from researchers at the University of California at San Francisco has renewed debate over a proposed tax on soft drinks to help reduce obesity.

New York state has considered a penny-per-ounce tax on sodas, excluding diet sodas that don't contain sugar. The plan got a big boost from New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who said in his radio address that a soda tax "makes sense," because it could save lives and cut health care costs, and generate revenue for the state's schools and other programs.

Advocates who support the idea say it's similar to a tax on cigarettes and alcohol, and could improve the public's health, but not all critics are convinced the government should be making that choice for consumers.

Our question to you today: Should government impose a soda tax to keep people healthy?

Join the Discussion
You are using an outdated version of Internet Explorer. Please click here to upgrade your browser in order to comment.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
You Might Also Like...
See It, Share It
PHOTO: U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston stopped a would be smuggler from bringing nearly 7 ounces of cocaine into the country in tamales, Aug. 22, 2014.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection
In this image from video posted on Facebook, courtesy of the George W. Bush Presidential Center, former President George W. Bush participates in the ice bucket challenge with the help of his wife, Laura Bush, in Kennebunkport, Maine.
(Courtesy George W. Bush Presidential Center/AP)
Real Housewife Phaedra Parks Lists Home in Suburban Atlanta
Real Housewives of Atlanta star, Phaedra Parks, has listed her 4,000-square-foot home with 5 bedrooms and 6 baths for $340,900.