On October 11, 2016, the World Health Organization recommended that countries tax sugary drinks like sodas and sports drinks as a way to fight obesity, diabetes and tooth decay.
According to CBS news, “WHO says imposing or increasing taxes on sugary drinks could help lower consumption of sugars, bringing health benefits and more income for governments, such as to pay for health services.”
This policy initiative isn’t new for the American Heart Association. Right now, we’re working with advocates across the country to pass sugary drink taxes – including here in Alabama. In the Yellowhammer state, we’re supporting a penny-per-ounce tax on sugary drinks that would bring in an estimated $200 million per year in new revenue!
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