Cochise Potts 
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Re: “The Richmond Soda War

A recent study conducted by the CDC (Center for Disease Control) shows that children are consuming as much salt as adults and have a two to three time greater risk in having high blood pressure. Having elevated or high blood pressure in early childhood increases that person’s risk of hypertension during adulthood. Hypertension is a major risk factor for heart disease and stroke. There is increasing evidence that kids are consuming too much salt and it can have an adverse impact on the health. The study states that High Blood pressure is public health enemy No.2 behind tobacco. The direct cost related to High Blood pressure is estimated to be around 131 billion annually. Given the facts about salt my question to all the supporter’s of the Richmond Ca Soda Tax would you consider taxing products that contain sodium (salt) if not why not?? It is just as harmful to the health of our children as is too much fructose the ingredient in sugary drinks. There is a scripture that says be ye transform by the renewing of your mind. Taxing people for making poor choices about what they ingest into their bodies is not going to change their mindset. There may be a small amount of individuals who won’t buy soda because of the cost (mostly the poor) but if they haven’t changed their mind about what they eat they will find another substitute to fill the craving for sugar and salt that may be just as harmful to their body.

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Posted by Cochise Potts on 10/24/2012 at 12:36 PM

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