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Don’t Buy the Hype: Soda Taxes Hurt Consumers

Americans for Food and Beverage Choice

There’s a lot of misinformation out there about soda taxes, and politicians’ false promises are not helping cut through the confusion. In part three of our five-part series, we'll take a look at how these grocery taxes affect consumers.

What is the financial fallout of a soda tax for citizens? As others have made clear, soda taxes are costly for all consumers – but carry the biggest burden for hard-working, lower-income families. As William Shughart II, research director of the Independent Institute, has said: “We don’t normally expect politicians to be truthful. But if they want to impose these taxes, they should be honest enough to admit that they will not end obesity or diabetes, but rather will generate more of other peoples’ money for profligate state governments to spend.”

Stay tuned for more misguided motives behind beverage taxes.

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