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“We are on the exact same path I believe where tobacco was in the 1970s and '80s,” says Sterling, who now heads a group pushing for single-payer health care. “People knew it was a public health threat, they weren’t quite aware that a tax was a policy lever used to decrease consumption.”
“Half of Vermont’s Medicare and Medicaid expenses today are due to obesity, and the scientific literature is conclusive that excess consumption of these sugary beverages is the number one driver of obesity,” Sterling says. “So I think it’s fairly safe to say that if we can even reduce the consumption of these beverages by 10 percent, we will save the state of Vermont a significant amount of money.”
A grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation will fuel the best-funded push yet for the soda tax. Combined with some other smaller grants, advocates will have nearly a quarter-million dollars to work with as they press for a 2-cent per-ounce excise tax on sugar-sweetened beverages.
Larry Cohen, a social justice activist and one of the leaders behind banning smoking in bars and restaurants, endorsed the bill. “Soda and sugary beverages are the new tobacco and the fight to reduce their marketing and consumption is the next great public health battle,” Cohen said. “I helped create the nation’s first multi-city no-smoking laws and advocated for years to increase the tax on tobacco.” “I see a sugar-sweetened beverage tax as just as valuable and just as groundbreaking,” he said.
A education program is needed, across the world. I try to eat healthy and yet it is more expensive than buying off the shelf items.
originally posted by: douglas5
In the U.K you can get FREE help to stop smoking with patches / or tablets and a health Adviser to give support .
And Obese folk can get Gastric bands fitted
so no excuse for being a fatty that smells like a ashtray
originally posted by: theabsolutetruth
Oats, almond / non gm soya milk, organic flour, veg, fruit, organic or ethically sourced meat / fish, pasta, rice, potatoes, olive oil can make all sorts of delicious healthy meals.
Some self control and it's easy.
originally posted by: ketsuko
See, here's the thing - It's my life and none of anyone else's business how I choose to live it. I could smoke or eat crap for all the business of yours it is. We are supposed to have personal liberty here and take responsibility for ourselves and our choices, good or bad.
It's none of my business what you choose to do with yourself, and it's certainly none of your business to come walking in and try to tell me that you know better how I should live my life and attempt to compel me to do so. Who died and made you god?