Over the past few years, some lawmakers and members of the public health community have repeatedly attempted to make proposals to tax common grocery items like soft drinks the solution to the obesity issue. But the public isn’t buying it. People know that getting serious about obesity starts with education – not laws and regulation. In fact, voters in more than 30 states and cities across the country have rejected soda taxes in the past few years.
However, the latest state to introduce this shortsighted approach is Vermont. And get this: The soda tax was also introduced in Vermont in 2011, 2013 and 2014. And it was rejected all three times.
Don’t these politicians have more important issues to handle? After all, this tax will not make people healthier, and it will hurt local business. And as we mentioned earlier, the soda tax is wildly unpopular with the general public.
There is no quick fix for the complex issue of obesity, but there are more meaningful and impactful ways to combat the issue. And we are doing our part to help by providing information and support so consumers can make the choice that's right for them.
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