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Should the Government impose a soda tax?


Julie Mustain

on 31 October 2012

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Transcript of Should the Government impose a soda tax?

Alternatives to Taxation
How Tax would Effect People
Production Side of Taxation
Substitutes of Soda
Spending on Healthcare
Current Events PROS CONS PROS ALTERNATIVES QUICK QUIZ How many states have already imposed additional taxes on soda or sweetened beverages? Dangers of Soda Impact on Producers
and Consumers PROS CONS Substitutes of Soda Diet Soda Energy Drinks Pros Cons Pros Cons Spending on Healthcare Pros Cons Less Calories
No sugar Manipulative
Risk Statistics
Less full (Ghrelin-like effect)
Caffeine Effects
Phosphoric Acid
Artificial Sweeteners
"Artificial sweeteners could have the effect of triggering appetite but unlike regular sugars they don't deliver something that will squelch the appetite," Sharon Fowler, obesity researcher at UT Health Science Center at San Diego and a co-author on both of these studies, told the Daily Mail. She also said sweeteners could inhibit brain cells that make you feel full.
Aspartame and Ace-K are 2 commonly used artificial sweetener May stimulate metabolism
Increase alertness
Contains Taurine (typically found in meat, fish, and breast milk) that may lower high blood pressure, diabetes, and epilepsy
Some contain vitamins and minerals
Sweet taste Most of the energy comes from caffeine and sugar
Caffeine may be addictive
Increased risk of heart attack, stroke and blood clots
Mask effects of alcohol if mixed and can cause dehydration
Banned completely in some countries and sold with warning labels in others
Many carbohydrates and sugars Create programs
Educate public about health issues
'Encourage' states 33 states already impose taxes
Government Duties at state level
Chicago Create healthier drinks
Job opportunities
Effect poorest the most
Create awareness of health problems
Programs benefiting youngest Loss of money
Loss of jobs
Poor quality
Government in private sector
Have no effect on most due to income Cons PROS Should they be taxed? Extra source of revenue
People become aware that 'diet' doesn't mean 'safe' Decrease Revenue
Unfairly target poorest
People think that consumption of diet soda is healthy-inconclusive evidence
Overreach of the government $147B spent anually obesity related illness
Half of this was Medicare or Medicade Raise funds for healthcare Statistics The Election 33 States What approximately is the outstanding public Federal Debt? 33 States QUICK QUIZ AMERICA:
(non-obesity related)
$16 Trillion Children and schools
University inWisconsin
Food Stamps Osteoporosis
Children and Soft drinks
Risks of drinking soda
Bone Fractures
American Consumption Health Survey
men 170 calories/day
women 103 calories/day
What's recommended
Reflux Disease
High Fructose Corn Syrup
Long term risks
Liquid vs. Solid calories "It's an idea that we should be exploring, There's no doubt that our kids drink way too much soda. And every study that's been done about obesity shows that there is a high coorelation between increased soda consumption and obesity as just about anything else."
-Barack Obama Discussion Questions (1/13)
Considering most health habits are created at a young age, should it be the role of the government or parents to create children's eating habits? (2/13)
If it's the government's job, should it be the role of the state or federal government to decide what the tax is? (3/13)
How much should the tax be?
(Maybe start with cigarette taxes that were about 18%, and were very effective) Do you think that soda should have a higher or lower tax than cigarettes to raise money? (4/13)
Do you think there are other ways to reduce obesity in the country besides introducing a soda tax? (5/13)
-If the government should take action other than a tax to reduce obesity, what other ideas do you have that could help reduce obesity? (6/13)
-If it’s the parent’s job, wouldn’t a soda tax theoretically impact them? How do you think in turn that this would affect their children? (7/13)
-If a tax were imposed, do you think it would draw attention to the people who are the actual dangerous consumers of soda? (8/13)
(Draw attention to board)
-Will this money be more beneficial to the consumers who will pay the tax, or for the funding of government’s medical spending? (9/13)
-Do you think that if the tax were imposed it should be imposed as a tax per ounce or a percentage of the soda’s price? (11/13)
-As your life is now, would you consider changing your soda consumption habits if there was a tax of one cent per ounce? (12/13)
-Do the candidates being for or against this tax impact your decision of who to vote for? (13/13)
-If you were a part of the lower class and were a consumer of soda but not an abuser, would you be offended if a tax were placed on soda? (10/13)
-What do you think should be done with the food stamps program to make the poor better off? QUESTIONS? Role of the Federal Government
Federal deficit
Opportunity Cost Works Cited
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