Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Is Soda Consumption A Rising Public Health Issue?

We recently reported that the Nutter administration is considering a soda tax in the coming budget. Whether they do it or not, it seems like they've hit on a hot public health issue.

Is Soda Consumption A Rising Public Health Issue?

We recently reported that the Nutter administration is considering a soda tax in the coming budget. Whether they do it or not, it seems like they've hit on a hot public health issue.

Check out this story from the New York Times yesterday, which asks the question:" Is soda the new tobacco?" Here's a excerpt:

Attention is being paid: Last week, the Obama administration announced a plan to ban candy and sweetened beverages from schools. A campaign against childhood obesity will be led by the first lady, Michelle Obama. And a growing number of public health advocates are pushing for even more aggressive actions, urging that soda be treated like tobacco: with taxes, warning labels and a massive public health marketing campaign, all to discourage consumption.

For the full story, click here.

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