Too sweet to stomach?

Salty potato chips, hot dogs at the ball­park, cheese steaks, Tastykakes, crab­fries at Chick­ie’s & Pete’s. If the three-cents-per-ounce soda tax gets ap­proved, it would be just a mat­ter of time be­fore oth­er ‘un­healthy’ bever­ages or food items get the sin-tax slapped on them.

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To the Ed­it­or:

Salty potato chips, hot dogs at the ball­park, cheese steaks, Tastykakes, crab­fries at Chick­ie’s & Pete’s.

If the three-cents-per-ounce soda tax gets ap­proved, it would be just a mat­ter of time be­fore oth­er ‘un­healthy’ bever­ages or food items get the sin-tax slapped on them.

Un­der May­or Jim Ken­ney’s plan, a two-liter of soda at the cur­rent price-point of $1.50 would amount to an ex­tra pen­alty tax of $2.04, which is ob­vi­ously more than the cost of the ac­tu­al bottle.

High-fructose corn syr­up can be found in nu­mer­ous foods and bever­ages on gro­cery store shelves in the United States and is widely used as a sweeten­er in soft drinks, juices, and pro­cessed foods.

The ac­tu­al biggest killer is de­vel­op­ing heart dis­ease based on a high-so­di­um diet. About 610,000 Amer­ic­ans die from it each year— that’s one in every four deaths, ac­cord­ing to the Cen­ters for Dis­ease Con­trol and Pre­ven­tion.

More than 40 cit­ies across the United States have re­jec­ted the ex­tra tax­a­tion on sug­ary drinks, and such im­ple­ment­a­tion would turn out to be one more bur­den for over­taxed cit­izens of Phil­adelphia.

Fun fact: Five years ago, as a coun­cil mem­ber, Ken­ney re­jec­ted the soda-tax that then-may­or Mi­chael Nut­ter pro­posed. But, I guess he was just play­ing polit­ics.

Jason Kaye North­east Phil­adelphia


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