Would you be less likely to buy a sugary beverage if there were a tax on it? According to politicians in Philadelphia, you would be. The Mayor of Philadelphia, as well as other politicians, is attempting to tax sugary beverages in order to decrease the consumption. They plan on using the extra money, which could be almost $91 million, to fund citywide programs like Pre-K.
The American Beverage Association has been protesting against the mayors’ campaign by creating ads that may sway the publics’ opinion of the campaign. These efforts will likely not stop the City Council from continuing to move forward with the mayor’s request. A group called “Philadelphians For A Fair Future” is striving to get the mayor’s message out and educate those against the tax.
Philadelphia is one of America’s biggest cities. Taxing sugary beverages may influence other large cities in the United States to follow suit. By taxing these beverages, the city could start to battle the damaging effects of a diet high in sugar. Long-term benefits would result in up to 12,000 fewer cases of obesity (after 10 years) as well as a savings of $65 million in health care costs.
A poll revealed that 58% of the respondents continue to favor ‘no’ tax on beverages. There has been a large amount of money spent on persuading people to choose either side of the campaign. Which side would you take?