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New Illinois Soda Tax Won’t Make a Dent in Obesity

Today’s The Southern Editorial calls for the disposing of the potential soda-tax plan for Illinois, which simply serves as an ill-fitting bandaid for "a state with a long-standing and severe problem of overspending." 

Recognizing the seriousness of the widespread national obesity problem, “…one with an increasing total of preventable deaths and a medical price tag that may someday surpass our ability to pay. Obviously, something must be done about the public health crisis of obesity. But it should not include…misguided legislation."

The Southern points out a key flaw in the new legislation: "By itself, the new tax won’t make a significant dent in obesity. Sugar-sweetened beverages are not the only factor in excessive weight, just the newest target on a nutritional shooting range littered with earlier target – fast foods, alcoholic beverages, fried foods, candy, fatty foods, foods that are high in carbohydrates and just plain junk food."

Indeed, we wholehearted echo the editorial’s common sense conclusion “…it is not the function of state government to police our appetites and place unreasonable burdens on the few frills that are within the reach of average working men and women.” 

Read more from the Voice of The Southern: Time to dispose soft-drink tax plan here.

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