Soda tax proposal bubbles back up

Soft drinks in a store refrigerator case (file).
Soft drinks in a store refrigerator case (file).

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — For a quick sugar fix you might have to dish out some more pennies. That’s if the SWEET Act gets passed through Congress.

“I don’t know if it would be a deterrent for people to drink soda,” said New Haven’s Robert Kinney.

Kate Bonnell said she’s been looking for an excuse to cutback her ginger ale and Sprite intake. Bonnell said, “It would definitely deter me. It would slow me down.”

Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro introduced the bill today and said the money raised would fund initiatives to reduce the costs of obesity, diabetes, and dental problems related to sugar. It would fund treatment programs, research, and nutrition education.

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DeLauro said the tax would be one penny for every teaspoon of sugar or corn-syrup. For instance, a 20 ounce soda would cost an extra 16 cents to make. That cost could be passed onto the consumer.

Kinney said, “A lot of kids drink a lot of soda and that can be a direct cause of obesity some people would say. So I guess you have to try something.”

Bonnell, who just got off work as a nurse and said, “Soda in general is not good for your health. I had a nurse instructor one tell me it’s like drinking battery acid. So, I’ve always thought about that.”

Julie Hinden, who likes to grab a pop once in a while, and said, “I’m sure there are a lot of things they (lawmakers) should be dealing with right now rather than drinking soda like the crime rate and everything else.” She continued, “I don’t think it’s going to help anything.”

Hinden said she’s grateful her 9-year-old won’t touch the stuff. “She prefers water and I keep it that way,” said Hinden.

Her daughter Brittney said, “I don’t like the bubbles and I don’t like the flavor.”

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