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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 […]

Sweetened beverage tax on horizon in Chicago’s Cook County

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Chicago’s county stepped closer on Thursday to being the largest area in the country to institute a sweetened beverage tax.

After nearly five hours of debate and dozens of speakers, the Cook County Board of Commissioners voted 9-8 to add a penny-per-ounce tax on sugary beverages, such […]

Soda taxes make clean sweep at ballot box in four cities

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Voters in four U.S. cities showed their clear support Tuesday for taxes on sugary drinks, despite tens of millions of dollars in spending against the ballot measures by the beverage industry.

In California, San Francisco, Albany and Oakland approved a penny-per-ounce tax on sodas […]

Four cities to cast pivotal ‘soda tax’ votes

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Residents of four cities will cast pivotal votes this Election Day in the national movement to tax sugary beverages – with supporters saying momentum is spreading even in the face of large opposition spending.

“First they laugh at you, then they fight you and then you […]

AHA continues work to limit sugary drink consumption

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

The American Heart Association will continue supporting taxes and other work to improve people’s health by decreasing sugary drink consumption, the organization said Monday in response to a new study about Big Soda funding nearly 100 health groups.

Daniel G. Aaron, a Boston University medical student, […]

Big Soda, others sue to block Philadelphia soda tax

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

As it promised to do, the beverage industry filed a lawsuit Wednesday to block Philadelphia’s soda tax.

The American Beverage Association, along with restaurants and some consumers who joined in the suit, contend the city’s tax — to take effect in January — duplicates the state […]

Study: After Berkeley, California, tax, sugary drink consumption is down

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

After adopting the country’s first tax on sugary drinks, consumers in Berkeley, California, are drinking 21 percent less of these beverages, according to a new study released Tuesday.

At the same time, consumption of water in the city increased by 63 percent, compared with a 19 […]

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