No Hawaii Beverage Tax, a coalition of businesses that opposes higher taxes or fees on soda and other sugary drinks, released a statement on Saturday in response to the Abercrombie administration’s proposal for a soda fee to help combat obesity.
Calories in the American diet from added sugars in soda have dropped nearly 40 percent since 2000. In addition, calories from soda and other sugar-sweetened beverages make up just 7 percent of the American diet. So it makes no sense to target this industry as the culprit for a growing obesity problem. Everyone knows that obesity is a complex issue requiring a holistic approach that involves healthy and sensible eating and more exercise. Taxing beverages is a tactic that takes our eye off the real problem and hits consumers directly in the pocketbook at the grocery store.