The government should tax the sale and production of artificially sweetened beverages, not their consumption.
Absolutely not!!!!!! The government is way out of hand on what they think they can tell us to do. This is America.......Freedom of choices, speech remember!!!!!!! We may eat too much of this stuff, but it is none of their business if we do...........Anonymous
Taxing cigarettes & alcohol doesn't do anything to stop the problem but does bring in money that helps with the medical bills that result! Tax both the regular & diet soda if you tax either because both are harmful!
Educating the kids on the dangers & taking all soda out of schools makes more sense to me!
No - this is not the job of government.
This question is really a mixed bag. On one hand there are far greater issues our government really should be dealing with. This is small potatoes when we look at the big picture. On the other hand high fructose corn syrup (the real bad guy) is deadly. We, as society, have shown we are unable to make wise choices. Just look at the statistics on obesity, diabetes, heart disease..... This is not to say there aren't many people out there making wise, healthy choices (isn't that why we're on this site). Education is the key; ignorance is deadly.
Absolutely not! What will they tax next? We live in a free country, so don't take our freedoms away from us even though we might make a bad choice.
I agree the government needs to focus their attention on much bigger things in this country besides trying to control what we eat or drink, the last time I checked we still have the freedom to make choices in this country, but who knows what tomorrow holds!!!
Why add a tax? Soda, sugar-sweetened beverages, as well as candy and snack food, are allowable foods that can be purchased on the food stamp program. End result - taxpayers are already paying for this. If you can get a straight answer from anyone in our government why these items are allowed, good luck. The answer I received is because it is regulated by the Dept. of Agriculture and some of the ingredients are approved by this department. Ridiculous!!!!
It is not the governments job to decide what one should or should not have. When would that attack on personal freedom end? It is called personal responsibilty and the freedom of choice.
I believe that it is a persons choice in what they eat and drink. I just hope that they care enough about their bodies that they limit their sugar and soft drink intake.
The government needs to worry about "government" things and let individuals make their own decisions whether good or bad. Unfortunately it has reached too far into our lives. There isn't one situation where government is not involved in our lives whether it be regulations or licenses or taxes.
No, as long as they can prove that they have medical insurance to cover their diabetes treatments later in life, not to mention heart disease.
Just about everything has some sugar added whether food or drinks. As for as tax, you are going to add it anyway. Taxes is a given now days. There are 2 things you can count on in life that is taxes and death. If the goverment was really comcern they would get rid of plastic bags and go back to paper.If it is easier to recycle. I remember buying drinks in glass bottles and returning the bottle for a nickle or dime to be recycled ( cleaned and reused). It can happen again. I am from the south and we don't recycle like they do up north. I think it is a shame the government acts like this is an issue when it really is not.
Yes yes absolutely sugar is toxic and very bad for you
You betcha. Since I don't drink them that often, I think the government should tax soda and other sugar-sweetened beverages. I hope iced tea is not included in this question.
I think it might encourage people to eat less sugar.
Heck ya, it's an addictive habit for kids!
Maybe the government should tax these beverages. This could maybe encourage manufacturers to look for more expensive, but healthier ingredients, such as at the very least less refined sugars or fruit juices or even alternative sweeteners and no or natural coloring and other additives. Studies are showing that diet and regular sodas are harmful for your health. Maybe they should be discontinued or have a warning label printed on them since people seem to want to be free to make harmful choices (it tastes/feels good to them), are just plain uninformed, or only care about the final cost. "There is a way which seems right to a man, But its end is the way of death." Proverbs 14:12 (New American Standard Bible) If the final cost is osteoporosis, heart problems, diabetes, etc. it is too expensive!
I think that the government should give good heath advice, not add more taxes to their citizens.
The Gov't would serve customers better if they limited the volume of advertising companies are allowed to flood the marketplace that are directed at encouraging us (kids and adults) to drink their products and limit the inclusion of HFCS in our foods as well as drinks.
Yes. Sugar is not good for you. They should tax it the way they tax cig
No, what we eat can't be legislated any more than morals can. This is a discipline and habit choice. Taxing sugars and sugar filled products more than they are now will not change our weight problems.
Yes, this might discourage people from buying drinks with no nutritive value
This particular administration is over reaching as it is. no more government interferance. I terferance
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