Los Angeles parks and libraries could soon be soda-free. - When Councilman Mitch Englander discovered that his daughter was unable to buy anything but sugar-packed sodas in a city park vending machine, he introduced a motion to ban them. Englander pitched his proposed soda ban at parks and libraries to the city's Arts, Parks, Health & Aging Committee on Tuesday, CBS reports. The council member, who serves as president of the local chapter of the American Diabetes Association, talked about how sugary sodas increase rates of childhood obesity and diabetes.Read more »
Feel like you're taxed enough already? More could be coming. There's an early push to explore taxing soft drinks that are sweetened with sugars – all to get you to stop buying them.Read more »
States that put a "sin" tax on soda pop products, have found that child obesity rates haven't changed; at all.
Looks like they'll just have to make the tax higher. Turns out, taxes don't automatically change behavior.
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