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Editorial: Use soda tax to fight obesity

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In New York state, more than 60 percent of adults are either overweight or obese; and nationally, the obesity rate climbed to a record 27.7 percent this spring. There’s little question that sugarsweetened beverages are a big part of the problem, because we drink a ton of the stuff and each 12-ounce serving contains about eight teaspoons — 136 calories — of sugar. Many Americans don’t stop at 12 ounces, of course: 20 became the ...

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August 1, 2014
12:04 p.m.

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Tax is not the answer! We tax cigarettes and alcohol to discourage overuse- its really working?? Freedom of rights to chose how to live their lives is important. We allow all this welfare which encourages unemployment. Maybe changing that system is a better start. But one thing is for sure the TAX is out of control. New York is so over taxed its a disgrace. Come up with better ideas!

August 1, 2014
10:18 p.m.

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Taxing things like cigarettes, liquor, and sugary drinks doesn't cause people to change their behavior and use less. That's not what the tax is about. These taxes are purely about money. Many NYS legislators complained when they raised the cigarette taxes to crazy levels and they didn't get as much revenue as they should! They wouldn't be saying such things if it was really about getting people to stop smoking. There is no group more addicted to nicotine than the NYS Legislature! God help them if New Yorkers really quit!