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  • Yes, Encourage Healthy Behaviors

    Sugary drinks are a choice, not a necessity. We all know that sugary drinks are the unhealthy alternative. People should be free to choose to drink sugary drinks, but the unhealthy decision should not be the easier decision to make. Public health is a major concern in the USA. We are growing fatter and more unhealthy. We have to pay for the health care of all the unhealthy people, so it is in our best interest to encourage healthy food and drink choices.

  • Less sugar intake

    68% of our country is overweight and 36% is obese, cutting out a can of soda a day would kick off 300 calories off of our diet, which is the equivalent to walking a moderate pace for one hour, with a tax on pop it would discourage purchases and overall make our country healthier. I don't want someones health being put on my back via medicare/Medicaid even though I am a healthy young adult, if it is then I should be payed a stipend everyday I workout and don't intake sugary drinks.

  • If we are going to pay for national healthcare then yes.

    It is not fair to have to pay for the healthcare of a person that drinks sugary drinks multiple times a day. They lead to obesity and other health problems. If there is a tax on cigarettes why shouldn't their be a tax on sugary drinks. This would also create innovation in the beverage making industry as corporations would look for new less-sugary alternatives. People in America cannot seem to control themselves, so those that can should not have to pay the price. If self control wasn't an issue, this would not be either. While this would not cure the problem of obesity, it would allow for better alternatives to enter the market. Why does America let these companies sell them nicely tasting poison?

  • You are already wasting your money.

    Hey, first of all soda is unhealthy. Not to mention to have sugary drinks is a want. It is good to have one once in a while, but not all the time. At least poor people would be healthier, that is more important. In my opinion, candy and soda are probably most of the problem, so lets add an extra tax to both of those!!!

  • It will get you diabeeties

    People who drink a lot and I mean a lot of soda are having an increase of heart attacks. If you drink a lot of soda your increasing a risk of a: heart attacks, diabeeties and,obicity. Your hurting yourself by 40%.Unless you
    wanna have risk of heart desice... Well fine by me.

  • Yes there should be a tax on soda because one in three kids are over whight

    Raising the tax on soda because to much soda can cause you to have
    obisede .Also it can kill you if you drink to much soda in your life time .
    Yes i do think they should raise the tax on soda also it is for their own good .

  • Sugary drinks should be taxed.

    America is the most obese country in the world, and drinking soda will only make it worse. Your body doesn't even need soda. People could argue that fastfood is the thing that should be dealt with, but it provides cheap food for people who might need it. But anyways, that is my stance on the subject.

  • We are wasting our money

    We are paying for others peoples actions if people drink sugary drinks all the time and get heart problems or other problems we are somewhat paying for there visit or time with the doctor. Im only 15 but i still think they should tax sugary drinks hope you like my argument thanks!

  • Yes,there should be a tax on sugary drinks

    Yes,there should be a tax on sugary drinks.If there was a tax on sugary drinks people might be more aware of the large amount they are consuming.This would also work to add money to the public roles which be used on programs like diabetes prevention that could save a lot more money in the long run.

  • Yes. Consistency in Taxes on Harmful Products

    Sugary drinks are unhealthy and are linked to many public health concerns. Everyone should be free to consume as many sugary drinks as they want just like with other harmful products such as tobacco. We tax tobacco because it raises many public health concerns and costs a fortune in health-related expenses (just as the typical American diet does). To remain consistent with what we do and do not tax, we should tax sugary drinks because they have few benefits, are harmful, and cost our society in healthcare expenses (just like tobacco).

  • Yes there should be a tax on soda because one in three kids are over whight

    Raising the tax on soda because to much soda can cause you to have
    obisede .Also it can kill you if you drink to much soda in your life time .
    Yes i do think they should raise the tax on soda also it is for their own good .

  • No soda shouldn't be taxed

    Poor and homeless people shouldn't have to pay extra money for soda.!!!!! With the little money they have they can not afford to pay much on beverages. And why tax soda and not all the other sugary junk food. That does not make that much sense now does it . Btw

  • Wheres personal responsibility??

    People are free to make their own decisions, but in this age that freedom is being cut back more and more. The nanny state continues to baby people into a victim mentality and a line in the sand has to be drawn here. No one can make you obese, its your own damned fault, and people should be free to make that mistake. Freedom (as cheesy as it sounds) is a key word here. Where does freedom go if the nanny state persistently trys to make decisions for us and influence our thoughts, feeling, and preferences??
    Besides wont people become weak if their constantly treated like children?
    I in Australia live in a free country, i can go out and speak my mind, i can eat what i want, and im free to be a moron if i so wish. But these freedoms are being cut back. Taxing soft drink is just another step on the long road to tyranny and it has to be stopped!!!

  • Wasting money on drinks

    People like this drinks and if there is a tax they will waste more money for no reason. No matter what people will want to buy and buy and nothing left for them to get real food for them selves and a lot of money is wasted. No tax on soda.

  • Wasting money on drinks

    People like this drinks and if there is a tax they will waste more money for no reason. No matter what people will want to buy and buy and nothing left for them to get real food for them selves and a lot of money is wasted. No tax on soda.

  • Its not going to stop people

    I do not think that soda should be taxed any higher. In my opinion taxing soda is not going to stop people from drinking it as much because if you want a soda you're going to go buy a soda. Its as easy as that. Also soda is not the only main reason for diabetes, there are bigger reasons to it other than that and it can even be a genetic thing, so taxing soda is not going to do much good for anyone or their health.

  • They shouldn't tax sugary drinks!

    The government shouldn't add tax to sugary drinks because if they think soda is the cause to people being obese, what makes the government think that including tax on soda would cure obesity? (Common sense much?) && also people need to know when they have exceeded the limit to drinking soda or juice.

  • Where does it stop?

    I have a big issue with a soda tax. Particularly, the stigmatization that has taken place within certain cities. For instance, NYC's ban on big sodas is a farce. People gulp down high caloric junk coffee drinks that are extremely bad for you on a daily basis but you do not see a rallying cry to ban them. I think when the government starts picking out non-drugs to tax as vice is when insanity has arrived.

    Posted by: pdrm
  • There Shouldn't Be A Tax

    There should not be a tax on sugary drinks. I think doing this would be ridiculous. All drinks are already taxed so there is no need for this. It is not going to encourage a healthier diet. If someone wants a drink, they will buy that drink. There is no need for a tax.

  • Then tax sex and all starches

    The argument, "we all have to pay higher health premiums because of these people's poor health choices" can be extended to a lot of things. Why should I have to pay for someone's AIDS treatment? They knew what they were doing. Or an abortion, or pre-natal care. As or food, tax all starches and breads, including rice and tortillas, as the rate of diabetes in various ethnic communities is higher than in others. After all, according to the anti-soda fanatics, "Why should I have to pay higher premiums for the so-called gluttony of others?"


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globalhawk says2016-05-30T23:39:12.760
Sugar tax has a bitter taste
There is no logic on taxing sugar, Jamie Oliver and others got it wrong, taxes don't fix problems, just look at tobacco, has it decreased because of increases taxes, the simple answer is not, taxes collected are distributed according to government priorities who decide then, how much of it will go to fight a serious health problem.First is education at primary level, very few adults have the determination to change habits, when children learn the facts of sugar, it will stay with them for the rest of their lives and those children will educate their parents and second and more important is to get a firm commitment from all the companies involved, to reduce the sugar content by 1% per year, until reach an acceptable level to be determined by experts.