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Pennsylvania Court upholds Philly ‘soda tax’

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Philadelphia’s 1.5 cents-per-ounce soda tax has survived a major beverage industry challenge in Pennsylvania state court, with a 5-2 decision Wednesday upholding a lower court’s ruling that the tax is legal.

The American Beverage Association, and a coalition of city residents and businesses, filed a lawsuit […]

Seattle becomes next city to tax sodas

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Seattle became the ninth area of the country to pass a sugary drink tax, with a 7-1 vote Monday that imposes a 1.75-cents-per-ounce levy on distributors.

Last week, a city committee passed the measure 5-2, changing the original proposal to exclude diet drinks. The amendment also […]

Fifteen health organizations file in Philadelphia’s sugary drink tax

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Fifteen health organizations filed a friend-of-the-court brief Friday in hopes that the beverage industry’s appeal of a sugar tax will fall flat.

Philadelphia’s 1.5-cent-an-ounce tax on sweetened drinks survived a major challenge in December from the beverage industry, after a city judge dismissed the group’s lawsuit. […]

Survey: Sugar is bad, but people can’t stop eating it

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

A lot of people feel guilty for eating too much sugar and want to stop. But they can’t stop eating it.

According to survey results released recently from a leading health site, nearly half of Americans feel guilty about eating too much sugar. Meanwhile, two out […]

When you eat and how frequently may benefit heart health

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What times someone eats during the day and how frequently may play a role in having a healthy weight and heart.

According to an American Heart Association scientific statement published Wednesday, eating breakfast, avoiding late-night eating and mindful meal-planning are associated with a lower […]

New reports find kids and adults love their soda and sugary drinks

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Despite longstanding calls by health experts to put down the soda, Americans continue to enjoy their sugar-sweetened drinks.

Nearly two-thirds of children in the United States reported consuming at least one soda or other sugary drink on any given day, according to new federal statistics released […]

Judge dismisses lawsuit challenging Philadelphia’s sugary drinks tax; beverage industry to appeal

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Philadelphia’s 1.5-cent-an-ounce tax on sugary drinks survived a major challenge Monday from the beverage industry, after a city judge dismissed the group’s lawsuit. But the issue isn’t over.

“We shall appeal,” said Shanin Specter, who represents the American Beverage Association and a few restaurants and consumers […]

Sugary drink taxes bubbling up worldwide

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Sugary drink taxes are bubbling up all over the globe as governments look for ways to tackle obesity and raise revenue.

France, Hungary and Mexico already tax soda and other sugar-loaded drinks and eight areas in the United States are now set to impose […]

Study ponders whether governments should consider drink taxes based on sugar content

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Taxing drinks based on how much sugar is present could be the most effective way to decrease consumption and nudge the beverage industry to reduce sugar content, according to a report released Monday by the Urban Institute.

The research shows a single-tier tax on sugar content […]

Chicago’s Cook County bridges budget gap with ‘soda tax’

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

By July, more than 5.2 million residents of Chicago and its suburbs will begin seeing higher prices on sweetened drinks.

The Cook County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday passed its $4.9 billion budget – including a penny-per-ounce tax on bottles, cans and fountain drinks that are […]