Soda Pop Tax Debate Won't Fizzle In Lansing 6-10-2010 - WNEM TV 5

Soda Pop Tax Debate Won't Fizzle In Lansing 6-10-2010

Talk of adding a soda pop tax in Michigan has been discussed for years, and the idea still hasn’t fizzled.
Now the debate is heating up again as nutritionists get on the bandwagon by saying soft drinks are a huge contributor to childhood obesity.
At least three times per week, Shayla Miller said she buys pop or soda. Her daughter’s favorite flavor is cherry.
Right now, the state of Michigan does not tax pop when it's purchased at a store, but 25 other states across the nation do, and that tax is helping them balance their budgets.
Every year a soda tax is discussed in Lansing, but never makes it much further than the discussion phase.
Generally, politicians would seek to tax 1 cent per ounce of prepackaged soft drink, or 12 cents on top of the price of a 12 ounce can of soda.
Nutritionists said they hope an increase in price will help decrease the demand for pop.
Becky Houser, a registered dietitian with the Saginaw Public Schools, said it could go a long way in the fight against childhood obesity.
But Miller said she does not think taxing pop is going to cause people to cut back on drinking it.
The debate to tax pop comes as new research shows that young girls who drink soda may bring unhealthy eating habits into their adolescence.
The study shows girls who drank soda at age 5 had diets that were less likely to meet nutritional requirements 10 years later.
The research also found that soda drinkers drank far less milk than those who didn’t consume pop.
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