California prepares for a new war over soda taxes

The campaign continues worldwide for sugar taxes to discourage the consumption of sugary drinks with California the latest flashpoint in the ongoing battle for peoples’ health. In a bid to combat increasing rates of dental disease and childhood obesity, proponents of the tax on sugar-sweetened drinks have been given the go-ahead to start collecting signatures that would enable the measure to be added to the election ballot in 2020. If the measure is added to the ballot, and it is subsequently enacted into law, it is estimated the tax may raise $USD 2-3 billion that would fund a range of public health programs centred on prevention and treatment of medical and dental problems. The California Dental Association has backed the measure with its President, practising dentist said Natasha Lee, saying: "For too long, California has lacked adequate support for programs that address the health effects of consumption of sugary beverages. With this initiative, our state has the opportunity to improve public health, especially among children."

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