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Re: “Big Soda Takes a Big Beating in Berkeley

Quite frankly, Berkeley is not representative of the rest of the country – neither in terms of demographic makeup nor how people actually feel about these types of discriminatory taxes. For example, during yesterday’s election the San Francisco soda tax proposal was soundly defeated, and in Massachusetts, the electorate overwhelmingly voted down bottle bill expansion. These votes, and the more than 30 states and cities that have previously rejected soda taxes, clearly indicate that Americans are opposed to taxes on grocery items. The fact of the matter is, Berkeley represented the lowest hanging piece of fruit for activists in their pursuit of these long sought-after discriminatory taxes. That said, the vote in Berkeley is in no way indicative of how the country feels, nor does this vote portend a trend.
-American Beverage Association

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Posted by American Beverage Association, ABA Communications on 11/06/2014 at 6:29 AM

Re: “Activists Push for Berkeley Soda Tax

Despite allegations that soft drinks are the culprits driving complex health issues, science shows otherwise. For example, obesity is caused by an array of risk factors, including genetics, inactivity, stress, medicines, age, and overall diet. Therefore, it’s overly simplistic and misleading to suggest that a single source of calories is to blame. For this reason, a soda tax simply won’t produce measurable improvements on citizens’ health. In fact, studies indicate that such a tax could have the exact opposite effect, triggering increased calorie consumption from other sources: For these reasons and others, similar soda taxes in states and cities have repeatedly failed to gain traction.
-American Beverage Association

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Posted by American Beverage Association, ABA Communications on 06/19/2014 at 7:15 AM

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