Americans drink 13 billion gallons of soda per year, more than twice the amount of any other country. 21% of all the sugar in the average American's diet comes from soft drinks.
Drinking just one soda per day increases a child's risk of being obese by a whopping 60%.
What do you suppose drinking only two sodas per week does? It increases your risk of pancreatic cancer by 87%!
A measly 1 penny tax per ounce tax on soda would raise $15 billion per year. Not enough to offset the tremendous damage this product does to the health of millions, but it would be a start. Plus, studies show that raising the price of soda will actually reduce consumption.
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Via: Online Schools