If there was an sugar tariff on sweet stuff, would you still buy?
That’s the question state lawmakers across the country are asking as they debate the “SWEET” Act. The bill, introduced in 2014, could add a 1 cent tax per every 4.2 grams of added sugar to drinks.
While the bill quickly lost momentum in the House, 6 cities and 1 county —Berkeley (CA), Philadelphia (PA), San Francisco (CA), Oakland (CA), Albany (CA), Boulder (CO), and Cook County (IL)—have put a higher price tag on sugared drinks.
While not everyone is sold on the idea of having to pay more for sweet indulgences, there are certainly numerous benefits of a sugar tariff.
Fewer Cavities, Healthier Families
Implementing similar taxes in Mexico lead to a 12% decrease in sweetened beverage consumption. If the U.S. follows in Mexico’s footsteps, we could lower consumption of empty calories and decrease cavities for our families.
Less Soda = More Water
Sugary sodas and other artificially sweet drinks offer little or no nutritional value. Water is a healthy and calorie-free alternative. When Berkeley, California passed a tax on sugar-sweetened beverages, consumption dropped 21% and water consumption increased by 63%. A big change that has a big impact on health!
More Cash in Public Coffers
What would happen to the extra cash? The city of Philadelphia began collecting the tax at the beginning of 2017. The money is planned to fund city programs, education and parks. And there’s a lot to go around; an estimated $300 million per year can be gained from these taxes.
So what do you think? Would you support a sugar tariff?
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