Tax sodapop to fight fat, US health officials say

from AFP News Briefs List

“We reduced adult smoking by 25 percent and teen smoking by 50 percent in six years. About half of that reduction was the result of taxation,” Frieden said.

A similar tactic applied to sodas could help to cut consumption of the sugary drinks, he reasoned, but added that the decision to impose a national soda tax was one for the politicians, not health officials.

“Whether it gets done is a political question, but what we can say as the nation’s prevention agency is that obesity is an enormous problem, and price interventions are likely to be effective,” he said.

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