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Soda or sugar-sweetened beverages may be a factor but it is not only the cause of obesity And can the government choose the citizens consume or everyone have a right to freedomState Senator Bill Monning D-Carmel of California recently introduced a bill to tax sugar-sweetened beverages at a rate of a penny per ounce ostensibly with the goal of reducing obesity across the state A Democratic California legislator proposed a similar measure in 2010 but that effort ultimately failedThe proposal is based on some economic and medical studies such as An analysis by the California Senates Governance and Finance Committee estimated that the tax would generate about 26 billion in the 2014-15 fiscal year alone or A 2009 study by Dr Kelly Brownell noted that a penny-per-ounce excise tax on sugary beverages like the one under consideration in California would reduce soda consumption by 13 percent and average weight reduction of two pounds per person per year But it has not been taken into consideration the freedom of choice that every citizen is entitled toHowever Bob Ackermann of the California-Nevada Soft Drink Associated told ABC San Francisco Its not fair Its not proper to lay the burden entirely on soft drink consumption because thats not the whole story And there is a large measure of consumption products causing obesitySoda taxes distort personal choice Although the role of the tax code is to collect revenue for necessary government services not micromanage the economy Personal choice as diet inputs is strictly personal The use of the tax code to encourage some behaviors and discourage others often run into unintended consequences The studies showed that taxes on sugar sweetened beverages reduce consumption of the taxes beverages but adolescents perfectly substitute in the same amount of lost calories with other food and beverages Also households that drink beer just switch to consuming more beer when the soda is
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