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Seattle Attempts to Regulate Healthy Choices with High Soda Tax

HandelontheLaw.com Staff Writer

Friday, January 12, 2018



Seattle Attempts to Regulate Healthy Choices with High Soda Tax
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Soda fans are not feeling so sweet on Seattle’s new Sweetened Beverage Tax.

The new tax went into effect on January 1, 2018 adds $1.75 per ounce. It affects soda and other sugary beverages that don’t list milk as their first ingredient. That means that the cost of a typical can of soda will be 20 cents higher. When buying in bulk, consumers are really feeling the tug on their purse strings. A standard 36-can case of soft drink is now over 7 dollars more expensive

One Costco store in Seattle has decided to educate the buying public about the new tax and the way that it affects their prices. They have posted a sign that shows the details of the law and reminds shoppers that they can go to their Tukwila and Shoreline Costco store to avoid the tax.

"We feel an obligation to let people know what [the tax] is, and let people know it's only in Seattle. Our real intent was to educate members," John McKay, chief operating officer for Costco's Northern Division, told the Seattle Times.

As for the reasons behind the new tax, Seattle Council Member Teresa says that their intent is to help the public, and children in particular, make good choices.

"To make sure that we not only impact norms and behaviors for folks in term of choice and consumption, but that we also invest in food access programs, education and early-learning efforts throughout Seattle," Seattle Council Member Teresa said.

"One of the most important outcomes that we're interested in studying is how children sugary beverage intake changes in response to the tax,"

As for whether this new tax will have the desired effect on public health and decision-making, the jury is still out. A similar initiative in Philadelphia was repealed after only two months.


Source: Nancy Lawrence - Handelonthelaw.com Staff Writer

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