California Lawmaker Rallies For Beverage Tax

California Assemblyman Bill Monning on Friday brought more than a dozen public health advocates together to push for a new tax on soda and other sweetened beverages, comparing health problems caused by obesity to those caused by cigarettes, according to The Mercury News in San Jose, Calif.

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Editor's Insight: The California Automatic Vendors Council has a big task ahead of it. There are plenty of politicians and activists in California who believe in higher taxes to fight obesity.

Industry organizations have to invest in a public information campaign to educate voters that education, not taxes, holds the key to improving consumption habits. 02-28-11 Elliot Maras

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