San Francisco Supervisors Consider Two-Cents-Per-Ounce Soda Tax

Lawmakers seek to accrue $31 million per year by charging San Francisco residents a two-cents-per-ounce tax on soda. Supervisor Scott Wiener (D) told the Associated Press: "We are experiencing an epidemic of health problems caused by sodas and other sugary beverages — including diabetes and obesity afflicting adults, teenagers, and even young children — and we have a responsibility to act to confront this escalating public health challenge. Just as taxes drove down tobacco use, a small tax on sodas and other sugary beverages will reduce consumption and expand access to active recreation and nutrition education for children and adults.”

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