January 19th, 2013

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.

7 Responses to “Tactics”

  1. hipoli:

    And tobacco companies used to encourage pregnant women to smoke.

    Soda, like cigarettes, is terrible for America’s health. Good for Gov and DOH for taking this on and raising the awareness in us all.

  2. hossana:

    Abercrombie IS AN IDIOT!! nothing more and nothing less.

  3. Kolea:

    If taxing “sugary” drinks simply drives people to consume “sugar-free” sodas instead, I dispute there will be any public health benefit. The sugar substitutes are, in some cases, arguably less healthful than sugar. Maybe Hawaii should pass a tax on high-fructose corn syrup drinks and push manufacturers back towards the much more healthful cane sugar?

  4. Auto de Fe:

    Can we tax lawn gnomes instead?

  5. zzzzzz:

    The SA article on this said Abercrombie wants to tax soda and sugary drinks. The sugary drinks part will probably do little, since most sweetened drinks (other than diet drinks) are sweetened with high fructose corn syrup, not sugar. The FDA recently rejected an attempt to allow high fructose corn syrup to be called “corn sugar.”

  6. Incognito Especially:

    Tax Bullets.

  7. Especially Incognito:

    Tax Bullets.

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