Posts Tagged ‘soda’

Caffeine In US Soda Pop Is From China’s Drug Factories

March 27, 2014

Caffeine In US Soda Pop Is From China's Drug Factories

Used in moderation, caffeine is a harmless eye-opening stimulant. But it’s a drug, and a tablespoon of pure caffeine will kill you. Plants produce the stuff as an insecticide, and it’s most concentrated in coffee beans, kola nuts, pekoe tea, and yerba mate.

So what’s the source of the caffeine in America’s soft drinks? Pharmaceutical factories in China, mostly.

More:

“Wake Up And Smell The Caffeine. It’s A Powerful Drug,” NPR

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Preservationist Judge Saves New York’s Super-Sized Sodas

March 12, 2013

Preservationist Judge Saves Super-Sized Sodas in New York

“A New York State Supreme Court judge has halted the new regulation banning sugary drinks larger than 16 ounces, which was supposed to take effect Tuesday. He described the law as ‘arbitrary,’ questioning whether it would actually lead to the intended decline in obesity rates.”

— “Big soda wins its day in court,” Sarah Kliff, Washington Post blog

“Big Soda 1, Big Government 0: Judge Sinks Bloomberg’s Signature Drink Ban,’ James Poulos, Forbes

Judge Strikes Down NYC Ban on Supersized Sodas,” Jennifer Peltz, AP

“Judge Blocks New York City’s Limits on Big Sugary Drinks,” Michael M. Grynbaum, New York Times

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New York City: Panic in Sugar Park!

June 6, 2012

New York City: Panic in Sugar Park!

New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s proposed ban on big sugary sodas seems to have lost its fizz. The backlash and outrage have quenched any chance of its adoption:

“Mayor Bloomberg’s soda ban proposal hits the wall,” Marion Nestle, Food Politics

There’s also a super-sized lobbying campaign by a soft drink industry front group.

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Sugar-Sweetened Drinks: Bigger Than Ever

December 7, 2010

Sugar Soft Drrinks: Bigger Than Ever

Bechara Choucair, MD., Commissioner of the Chicago Department of Public Health on the Sugar-Sweetened Beverage (SSB) tax :

“. . . the challenge for those of us in public health is as clear as a glass of water. Convince the electorate that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure: that the amount people would pay upfront in SSB taxes is a pittance compared to society’s savings down the road in reduced medical costs and longer and more productive lives—assuming taxes would result in reduced consumption of SSBs.

If it does, SSB levy is not only a tax all of us can live with, but live healthier.”

“Whatever the outcome of the current debate to increase taxes on SSBs, there is no denying that America’s obesity epidemic—leading to heart disease, stroke, diabetes and other public health ills, is taking a terrible human and financial toll on the nation. We currently spend an estimated $79 billion annually in obesity-related health care costs; and that figure rises each year.”

— “The Debate Over Taxing Sugar-Sweetened Beverages,” Bechara Choucair, MD, Britannica Blog.

Who could be against that? Big sugar, big bottlers, big beverage haulers and big retail, all masquerading as “Americans Against Food Taxes.”

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Soda Tax Morphs Into Sales Tax

May 27, 2010

Soda Tax Morphs into Sales Tax

The District of Columbia Council voted down a proposal to tax sugar-sweetened beverages, but turned around and passed a bill extending the city’s 6 percent sales tax to all “non-alcoholic beverages with natural or artificial sweeteners.”

The original proposal would have added 10 to 60 cents to the price of containers of full-sugar soda, punch or sports drink. The new bill taxes all sweetened beverages, even diet sodas without sugar. If it passes the final vote, the new tax would be easier to administer and will raise revenue, but it will not be the disincentive to sugar consumption the original bill sought to create. Sugary drinks contribute to obesity, a major American health problem.

 

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Soft Drink Tax

May 14, 2010

Soft Drink Tax

The District of Columbia is considering a tax on sugar-sweetened soft drinks. There is opposition:

“They taxed the cola drinkers,

and I didn’t speak up because I don’t drink cola.

Then they taxed the Diet Coke drinkers,

and I didn’t speak up because I don’t drink Diet Coke.

Then they taxed the Hawaiian Punch drinkers,

and I didn’t speak up because I don’t drink Hawaiian Punch.

Then they taxed the Perrier drinkers

and by that time no one was left to speak up.”

— after Martin Niemöller (1892–1984).

 

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