Rhetoric1302-007

May 1, 2010

Taxing Sweetened Drinks

Filed under: Uncategorized — toryjohnson30 @ 4:59 am

The drinking of sweetened drinks all over the nation has a direct link to heart disease, obesity, and many other conditions such as diabetes. Sugar sweetened beverages are everywhere we look and they are drinks that contain some type of natural sugar that increases caloric intake. In the New England Journal of Medicine it i stated that “33 states have sales taxes on soft drinks…” This is a step towards helping the economy out while helping people only to drink sodas and other sweetened drinks sparingly, or just less than they do now. A tax on sweetened drinks will cause less people to buy them while creating more income for governments to help out the community more. Since there is clear information and studies linking sugar-containing drinks to health conditions, the government stepping forward and doing something about it may be necessary for the safety of the people. If many people are not able to control themselves when it comes to caloric intake, then the government will have to do it for them.

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