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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 Chicago area on Aug. 2 will end on Dec. 1. It’s a major defeat for those who support regressive taxes on retail sales as a tool to fight obesity.

Chicagoans did not see it that way. Survey research showed opposition from likely voters running as
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Since first enacted on March 1, 2015, in Berkeley, CA, the sugar tax on soft drinks has tempted cities around the country. Chicago, however, is ready to drop the “soda pop tax.”

The soda pop tax would have raised $200 million next year from the penny-per-ounce levy on sugar and artificially sweetened beverages. Cook County began collecting the soda pop tax on Aug. 2, as decided by a vote of commissioners in November 2016.

But it’s now predicted to end on Dec. 1, also by a vote of the county commissioners expected as early as tomorrow.

Cook County Board President
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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 on their labels:

“WARNING: Drinking beverages with added sugar(s) contributes to obesity, diabetes, and tooth decay. This message from the City and County of San Francisco.”

The American Beverage Association, California Retailers Association, and the California State Outdoor Advertising Association sued the local government.
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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 teaspoon— 4.2 grams — of caloric sweetener, including sugar or high-fructose corn syrup. This would add about 9 cents to the cost of a 12-ounce can of Coke. Exceptions to the rule include milk and plant-based milk substitutes, 100-percent fruit or vegetable juices, infant formula,
Continue Reading DeLauro Introduces Bill to Tax Sugar-Sweetened Beverages

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 in the United States are now obese, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The connection between sugary drinks and obesity has long been suspected, as research has shown that sugary drink consumption rose at the same rate as obesity prevalence over the
Continue Reading Three Studies Link Sugary Drinks to Weight Gain