soda tax

The Courage to Lead

  • Posted on: Oct 6 2013

by Dr. Jeff Ritterman, MD Former City Councilman from Richmond, CA

Will Telluride be the first town in the U.S. to establish a significant sugary drink tax to combat the obesity epidemic?  Battle lines are being drawn, and I am told that this initiative is controversial even in a town that has banned plastic bags!

What’s at stake is the health of our children. I say “our” even though I live in California because whatever is decided in Telluride will reverberate throughout the nation and the world.  

Junk-drink industry fuels nation's obesity crisis

  • Posted on: Mar 5 2013

By Anthony B. Iton, M.D., J.D., MPH, Senior Vice President at The California Endowment
Unlike a financial collapse or a terrorist attack, the obesity crisis our nation now faces was not triggered by a shocking event, and without a catalyzing shock to trigger a collective sense of urgency, it is nearly impossible to spark political action. As a result, the political response to the nation’s most significant health and economic threat falls somewhere between complete paralysis and utter disregard.

Soda Tax Measures Played Huge Role in Educating Americans about Negative Health Consequences of Sugary Drinks

  • Posted on: Nov 8 2012

By Dr. Harold Goldstein, Executive Director of the California Center for Public Health Advocacy
While the Big Soda may celebrate their defeat of sugary beverage tax measures in the cities of El Monte and Richmond, those of us in public health recognize the amazing work advocates in those cities have done to reframe the conversation around sugary drinks and put a spotlight on the serious health consequences of soda and other sugar-sweetened beverages.

Pepsi charges its employees a "sin tax"?

  • Posted on: Mar 19 2012

Pepsi has spent $ 17 million lobbying against a soda tax, and yet news came out last week that Pepsi itself charges a fee to their employees who are overweight or who smoke.


According to this Bloomberg Buisinessweek article:

"Four years ago, PepsiCo (PEP) began rolling out a wellness program that charges its employees $50 a month if they smoke or have obesity-related medical problems such as diabetes, hypertension, and high blood pressure. Workers can avoid the surcharge if they attend classes to learn how to break their nicotine addictions or lose weight."