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  • According to a new poll out today from Rasmussen

Higher taxes Higher taxes Presentation Transcript

  • A Controversial Policy:
    Higher Taxes on Soft Drinks
  • New England Journal of Medicine Report That
    U.S. children aged 6 to 19 are three times as likely to be overweight as they were in 1970
    Half of teenage boys drink more than two six-packs of soft drinks every week.(Oberlander)
    • President Barack Obama’s proposed health-care reform initiative.
    • The government want a higher tax on soft drinks
  • Only 34 percent of Americans--one out of three respondents--think that taxing sugared soda is a good idea.(Rasmussen)
  • Different Report
    The Yale Rudd Center
    Yale University’s Jason Fletcher
    a 10% tax could result in about an 8% reduction in consumption.(Ayala)
    soft drink consumption represents only 7% of the total energy intake.
    even if soft drinks were to be taxed at around 58%, just reduce the proportion of overweight by 0.7%. (Fletcher JM 23)
  • soft drinks and junk foods are not the only reason for obesity.
  • Works Cited
    Ayala, Erin. "Could a tax on junk food drive healthier choices?" N.P. 8 June 2009.
    Web. 5 Dec. 2010
    JM. Fletcher, D. Frisvold, and N.Tefft. Can Soft Drink Taxes Reduce Population Weight?
    Western Economic Association International, 2010. Page 3. Print.
    Oberlander, Jonathan. "Picking the Right Poison — Options for Funding Health Care
    Reform." New England Journal of Medicine (2009): 360-62.
    “Sin Taxes’ on Junk Food and Soft Drinks” www.rasmussenreports.com. N.P. March 19, 2010
    Web. 5 Dec. 2010