Health experts weigh in on possible beverage tax

(WTNH / Noelle Gardner)

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — Lawmakers along with health experts are pushing to put a beverage tax on all types of sugary drinks, not just soda.

Fruit drinks, sports drinks, ready-to-drink teas and coffees, enhanced waters, and energy drinks would be included. Health advocates said it would be a healthy move.

Related Content: Sugar Tax: A life saver or a job killer?

Ellen Liskov is a registered dietitian with Yale-New Haven Hospital. She said, “Taxing sugary beverages where the only nutrition in that beverage is really sugar or high fructose corn syrup it’s a good concept.”

Connecticut State Representative Jonathan Steinberg (D – Westport) told News 8, “We know imposing such taxes not only might generate revenue but more importantly start to change behaviors.”

Related Content: Lawmakers propose to collect sugary beverage tax

The tax would also generate revenue for the state, and some of the money would help fund health programs.

Sally Mancini is the director of advocacy resources with the Rudd Center for food policy and obesity. Mancini talked to News 8 about a recent study performed by the Rudd Center.

According to our estimates with updated date in April of 2017, Connecticut would generate one and forty five million dollars in tax revenue annually from a one cent per ounce tax on sugary drinks.”

beverage 1 Health experts weigh in on possible beverage tax
(WTNH / Noelle Gardner)

Some consumers said it would help keep them away from buying sugary drinks. Nally Sahin said, “It would actually help me cut down on it.”

Related Content: WHO urges countries to raise taxes on sugary drinks

Others told News 8 the tax wouldn’t keep them from buying it. Lynn Forte said, “It just wouldn’t deter me. If I’m going to buy it for a party and people want to drink soda I’m going to buy it.”

Supporters said the benefits are a win-win. Liskov said, “I think it’s a step in the right direction. I don’t think it will single-handedly solve the crisis of obesity, diabetes and heart disease.” Sahin added, “We like surgery drinks because we like the taste of it. It’s not necessarily good for us. So seeing that’s it’s more of a luxury item , I don’t mind the tax and the state needs money.”

 

WTNH NEWS8 provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Also, you can now block any inappropriate user by simple selecting the drop down menu on the right of any comment and selection "Block User" from there.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s