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While Chicago area’s soda tax fizzles with a repeal vote, advocates vow to fight on

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Less than two months after Chicago’s Cook County began collecting a tax on sugary drinks, local lawmakers on Wednesday repealed it. But advocates for the so-called soda tax said they would continue their push across the country.

“Despite today’s setback in Cook County, we remain optimistic […]

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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 […]

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

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

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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

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

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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 […]