Efforts to Curb Soda Consumption Bring Results on Both Coasts
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Health advocates’ efforts to curb consumption of sugary soft drinks have brought results in high-profile battlegrounds on both coasts.
In the East, Baltimore started enforcing a law on Wednesday that prohibits restaurants from offering sweetened drinks in their kids meals, while Philadelphia’s controversial tax on sodas was upheld by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court.
Meanwhile, the California Dental Association and the California Medical Association have cleared the first hurdle in putting an initiative on their state’s 2020 ballot to levy a statewide tax on sugary soft drinks. The levy would significantly raise the price of sweetened beverages relative to what customers pay for other sorts of beverages, a strategy that has significantly reduced consumption in municipalities where such a tax was implemented.