Taxing Soda Would Help Make Kids Healthier

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

The American Association of Pediatrics has long recommended that children and their families cut down on sugar-sweetened beverages, like soda, sweetened fruit juices, and sports drinks. Now, along with the American Heart Association, the organization is calling for an additional tax on these drinks. "It's exciting to see a respected organization like hte American Association of Pediatrics support a sugary drink tax," says Marlene Schwartz. "These taxes are not just about the government trying to grab more money, or about picking one product unfairly. When you have a medical organization that's exclusively focused on children supporting these taxes, hopefully it will help people realize this is a serious problem, and this is a real potential part of the solution."
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