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November 03, 2018 - New York Times

Where ‘Yes! To Affordable Groceries’ Really Means No to a Soda Tax

Where ‘Yes! To Affordable Groceries’ Really Means No to a Soda Tax
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In the run-up to Election Day, residents of Washington and Oregon have been bombarded with similar messages from groups with names like Yes! To Affordable Groceries.

But what most voters don’t know is that Coca-Cola, PepsiCo and other American beverage companies are largely financing the initiatives ... to choke off a growing movement to tax sugary drinks.

At a time of soaring childhood obesity, and with more than one in three adults overweight, health advocates say that soda taxes are an effective way to dampen consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages. Nearly 40 countries now have them, along with seven cities in the United States, including Philadelphia, San Francisco and Boulder, Colo.

VA: As a general rule, there's 10.6 g of sugar per 100 ml of Coca-Cola original taste. This translates to roughly 35 g in a 330 ml can of coke or the equivalent of 7 teaspoons of sugar.

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