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Public anger leads to repeal of soda pop tax in Chicago area

On a veto-proof 15-2 vote, the Cook County Board responded to angry constituents Wednesday by repealing Chicago’s hated soda pop tax. Board President Toni Preckwinkle did not say if she’d veto the repeal, which would then require a perfunctory override vote. No matter. The penny-per-ounce tax on soda and other sugary drinks imposed in the… Continue Reading

Court says San Francisco’s soda pop warnings unconstitutional

Sweetened beverage advertisers in San Francisco won’t be forced to add an obesity warning to their labels and advertisements. A federal appellate court has ruled the warning mandate violates the U.S. Constitution. The City and County of San Francisco enacted the local law two years ago, requiring advertisers of certain sugar-sweetened beverages to include this statement… Continue Reading

DeLauro Introduces Bill to Tax Sugar-Sweetened Beverages

On Wednesday, Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) introduced the Sugar-Sweetened Beverages Tax (SWEET) Act — a tax on drinks such as sodas, energy drinks, sweet teas and sports drinks that she first announced at the National Soda Summit in Washington, D.C., on June 5. The SWEET Act would institute an excise tax of 1 cent per… Continue Reading

NYC’s Ban on Supersized Sugary Drinks Holds No Legal Water, Judge Says

New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s proposal to ban sugary drinks over 16 ounces – passed by the city’s Board of Health last year – was struck down by a judge this week. The so-called Portion Cup Rule, which was set to take effect Tuesday, would have applied to fast food and sit down restaurants, movie… Continue Reading

Three Studies Link Sugary Drinks to Weight Gain

Three studies published in this week’s New England Journal of Medicine suggest that drinking sugar-sweetened beverages contributes to obesity, lending weight to the theory that capping sugary drink consumption – as New York City did this month – could help curb the American obesity epidemic. One in three adults and approximately 17 percent of children… Continue Reading

NYC Health Commissioner Supports Government Regulation of Portion Sizes

Government should impose limits on portion sizes as part of its strategy for combatting America’s obesity epidemic, argues Thomas Farley, Commissioner of the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene in an article written for the Journal of the American Medical Association. “Americans consume many more calories than needed, and the excess is… Continue Reading