Unscientific Survey about the "Soda Tax"

John Crowley
By John Crowley Latest Reply 2009-09-18 19:57:00 -0500
Started 2009-09-17 17:50:00 -0500

You may have seen this story in our news section:

Health experts are proposing a 1 cent per ounce tax on soda to help deter soda drinking. The $14+ billion dollars in tax revenue would be used to fund nutrition education.

Understanding a little bit about economics, I understand the logic of using a tax to help discourage the consumption of a harmful product. (For example, most states tax cigarettes to help reduce demand.)

So for our own little survey:

Are you (or were you) a soda drinker?

Would an extra $.32 on the price of a 32 ounce drink change your behavior?

What do you all think about this tax as an approach to fighting obesity in this country and funding nutrition education?

Do you think there are better ways to approach this issue?

3 replies

jtausch 2009-09-18 19:57:00 -0500 Report

Its just another tax thats not voted on by the people we have enough taxes now we don't need any more

Alicia039 2009-09-18 18:21:00 -0500 Report

I mainly drink tea. And I'm sure for most people it's not going to make a difference in their consumption.

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