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The Argument for a Soda Tax

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    It has been billed as the biggest boon to public health since tobacco taxes. And a one-cent per ounce tax on sodas could bring in as much as $400 million of annual revenue for the state of New York alone. How would a tax on sugared beverages impact our health and health care budget? Would the general public throw enough support behind this policy shift for politicians to think about putting it on the books? Host Dr. Larry Kaskel wades into the debate over soda taxes with Dr. Kelly Brownell, director of the Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity at Yale University, where he is also a professor of epidemiology, public health and psychology. Dr. Brownell, who recently co-authored a New England Journal of Medicine article with then-New York City Health Commissioner Dr. Thomas Frieden in support of a soda tax, shares the scientific evidence that supports his position. He also considers other viewpoints in this debate: if a soda tax won't work, could we find a better way to discourage our insatiable taste for these sugary drinks?

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    It has been billed as the biggest boon to public health since tobacco taxes. And a one-cent per ounce tax on sodas could bring in as much as $400 million of annual revenue for the state of New York alone. How would a tax on sugared beverages impact our health and health care budget? Would the general public throw enough support behind this policy shift for politicians to think about putting it on the books? Host Dr. Larry Kaskel wades into the debate over soda taxes with Dr. Kelly Brownell, director of the Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity at Yale University, where he is also a professor of epidemiology, public health and psychology. Dr. Brownell, who recently co-authored a New England Journal of Medicine article with then-New York City Health Commissioner Dr. Thomas Frieden in support of a soda tax, shares the scientific evidence that supports his position. He also considers other viewpoints in this debate: if a soda tax won't work, could we find a better way to discourage our insatiable taste for these sugary drinks?

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