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Wednesday, September 14, 2022

WV could have told them a soda tax wouldn't work

Blaze Media reported, "New study shows Philly 'soda tax' completely backfired, resulted in more purchases of sugar-loaded goods."

The story said, "Five years ago, Philadelphia enacted a new tax — 1.5 cents per ounce — on sugary drinks. City lawmakers hoped levying the tax would deter consumers from choosing unhealthy drinks that contain loads of sugar.

"Anecdotal evidence, however, quickly showed the tax failed to accomplish its goals. The tax did not stop Philadelphians from consuming sugary beverages, and avoiding the tax became as easy as leaving the city limits."

A study conducted by the University of Georgia showed the tax was a flop.

UGA Today reported, "The study examined the effects of a 2017 tax levied on sugar-sweetened beverages in Philadelphia and found that demand for the drinks went down by about 31%, which is consistent with previous research.

"But consumers simply turned to other sweetened foods to fill their sugar gap or traveled to surrounding towns without the tax to get their sugar fix, from both sodas and additional sweets like candy and cookies. These actions almost entirely offset the decrease in sugar intake from colas and other sweet drinks.

"People shopping for sodas outside city limits canceled out almost 40% of the decrease in sugar-sweetened beverage purchases.

"Additionally, the soda pop tax actually led to about a 4% increase in purchases of other high-sugar goods in Philadelphia and in neighboring towns. But compared to the sugar decrease from sodas in Philadelphia, additional sweetened food purchases offset an additional 40%." 

I could have told them that.

Taxing soda -- fizzy sugar water -- is a dumb way to fight obesity. How do we know this? West Virginia imposed a soda tax (which extends to other sugary drinks) in 1951.

71 years later, West Virginia is second only to Mississippi in obesity

Almost Heaven has a lot of fat angels. Our governor weighs 368 pounds.

The soda tax did not deter West Virginians from drinking soda. In fact, our cities lead the nation in drinking soda. (Arkansas is No. 1 among the states.)

West Virginia finally is throwing in the towel in this effort to tax people into losing weight. The tax ends in 2024.

17 comments:

  1. Kind of reminds me of the ridiculous "do gooders" in Dem cities pushing a gun buyback program. I know 3 military vets of who each had old decrepit firearms, rusty and non working who turned them into the city for a chunk of $$. Happily took the money local cops gave them and within 2 days used that cash to buy brand new firearms! Thats the logic of brain dead politicians who think they can force people to change their living habits.

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    1. I thought for a while there, Eddie Boy, that you had stopped the name calling and was about to start reading your comments again, but I see that you simply can't resist calling names and writing stupid comments as insults. How about cleaning up your act for once.

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    2. One time...too many, Mr. Ed.
      You are very, very tiresome, obnoxious and a Jefferyoid,

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  2. We have to realise that part of the problem is spiritual, that we need God not little god's. Excess food and drink
    are little god's . Politicians are too. What is interesting is that there is so much competition on the god front we can't see the God who is there.

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    1. Most of the soft drink obesity problems are directly linked to Coca-Cola, Pepsi , etc. changing sweetener from cane sugar ( 5 carbon molecule ) to high fructose corn syrup ( 6 carbon molecule ) all for the sake of making bigger profits . The corn syrup is difficult to digest and ends up being stored as fat instead of flushed by the kidneys . Of course this completed the ruination of a " cold drank " after eliminating most of the fizz and all the natural sugar .

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  3. I think the saying goes, "Pick Your Poison." It's all about freedom of choice. You can't legislate this kind of stuff.

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  4. I learned many years ago that government doesn’t give a fat rat’s derrière about the well being of the citizenry. It’s always about the Benjamins in citizens pockets they’re focused on, period.

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  5. It's flavored fizzy sugared water, thank you very much.

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  6. 10% of purchases with food stamps (EBT) consist of soft drinks and salty snacks. More taxpayers wages are confiscated to pay the increased tax. No worries.

    Economists call that "price elasticity"

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  7. If healthy edibles didn't cost so much, people would spend their money on them instead of junk.

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    1. Junk is expensive. Wife and I started carnivore last month. At first, I was concerned about spending on steaks, butter, eggs, and seafood.

      One night I started thinking about it and looked over grocery spending from prior months. With booze, supplements, veggies, bread, sugary crap, and outright junk food taken out of the mix, we are about even. Consider the very few meals we had from restaurants (dine-in or carry-out), and we are way ahead even though we are eating better than royalty.

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  8. “Almost Heaven has a lot of fat angels“
    Now, that is quote-worthy!

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  9. They’ll tax bad habits and they’ll tax good habits - same s—-, different pile. How long before we’re back to the 14th century when they taxed the windows in your home? 4tun81

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  10. Plenty of people told Philly that it was a stupid idea, even before they passed the tax. They ignored them. Of course.

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