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Philadelphia Just Became the First Major US City to Pass a Soda Tax | VICE News

Health & Wellness  (tags: soda tax, Philadelphia, obesity epidemic, bodegas, health, education, tax revenue )

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leveling a 1.5 cent tax per ounce on the beverages despite a massive anti-tax campaign waged by the beverage industry and bodega owners. The Philly City Council passed the tax - which will apply to both sugar-sweetened and diet beverages


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Animae C (508)
Wednesday June 29, 2016, 6:49 pm
But everyone must educate themselves on the dangers of this cr*p!

Thanx BM

Christeen A (312)
Wednesday June 29, 2016, 7:39 pm
Just another way to squeeze a dollar out of the consumer.

Past Member (0)
Wednesday June 29, 2016, 10:30 pm
Sweet news to me!! Enlightenment is still needed. A friend of mine, a psychologist/nurse, had been having a series of muscle-tightening attacks, which I wasn't aware of. A few months later, she dropped to the floor and put her head on her knees, in one of her muscle-tightening and very painful attacks, right in front of me. She admitted this had gone on for over a year and was getting worse. Parkinsonism was the diagnosis. I said NIX. I asked if she was by any chance ingesting diet soda daily. Yes--as many as 3 cans. I said, try a week or two with none--told her why. She was and is just fine thanks. How's that? That is the story of Diet Pepsi in that case--so, if you want to do that to yourself and your children, you'll have to pay more to do so. Plus, until you read-up on it, which I've been savvy to since the 1980's, you and your family will suffer, be misdiagnosed with various muscle-issued diseases, pay up the nose for meds with serious side-effects that will really give you heavy health issues, and spend tons of money on doctor's bills and an ongoing series of health breakdowns. Even regular soda does more than rot teeth and contribute to diabetes.

However, if we up the tax on all foods and beverages that do harm, that would be about 90% of it. The unenlightened are going to buy these things anyway---even if there was a raised skull and bones on the lids. But, I must say right out--I'm for it, if for no other reason than to raise the awareness. Maybe half the users will be motivated, out of curiosity, to educate themselves and their kids on the health hazards, especially of Diet drinks. Thanks BMutiny.

Darren Woolsey (218)
Thursday June 30, 2016, 1:11 am
The Beverage Industry needs to take its responsibility here, instead of twisting the idea of freedom of choice to its own advantage.

Dawnie W (250)
Thursday June 30, 2016, 10:43 am
❤️Just another tax and excuse to fleece the consumer of more of their hard earned dollars.❤️
❤️ Thanking you kindly for sharing this information❤️
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Past Member (0)
Thursday June 30, 2016, 4:35 pm
I'm impressed+pleasantly surprised! Hope this sets a trend nationwide. thx BM

Past Member (0)
Thursday June 30, 2016, 10:29 pm
Thanks BM,

Now it will cost more to buy a can, bottle or case of diabetes. The science has been clear about this for over a decade.

Past Member (0)
Friday July 1, 2016, 10:15 am
Great news! Now for it to be a nationwide tax and we will show what change can do.

Danuta Watola (1251)
Sunday July 3, 2016, 6:42 am
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