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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than one-third of adults are obese in the U.S. alone [1]. Further, obesity-related heart disease and diabetes are among the leading health problems Americans face today. While there are several factors that contribute to obesity and obesity-related illness, there is a growing body of evidence that reveals sugary beverages are a major contributor to the global obesity epidemic.

Many beverages with added sugar contain more sugar in each bottle than the American Heart Association's (AHA) daily recommended limit. A 2009 report from the AHA revealed that soft drinks and sugar sweetened beverages are the largest contributors of added sugars in Americans' diets [2]. That same year, the cost of treating obesity-related medical issues was estimated to be almost $147 billion [3].

This problem is affecting our nation's children, as well. Analyses of middle school children depicted a 60% increase in obesity risk for every additional serving of sugary beverages consumed each day [4].

This needs to stop.

Adding a national tax to beverages that contain added sugars could have multiple benefits. The intuitive result of a per-ounce taxation on sugary drinks (including those with artificial sweeteners) would be a reduction in consumption. Further, the added tax revenue could be funneled into health programs aimed at obesity prevention, health education for children, and combating obesity-related illnesses.

Urge lawmakers to implement a national tax on sugary beverages. Sign now!

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To The Joint Committee on Taxation,

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than one-third of adults are obese in the U.S. alone. Further, obesity-related heart disease and diabetes are among the leading health problems Americans face today. While there are several factors that contribute to obesity and obesity-related illness, there is a growing body of evidence that reveals sugary beverages are a major contributor to the global obesity epidemic.

Many beverages with added sugar contain more sugar in each bottle than the American Heart Association's (AHA) daily recommended limit. A 2009 report from the AHA revealed that soft drinks and sugar sweetened beverages are the largest contributors of added sugars in Americans' diets. That same year, the cost of treating obesity-related medical issues was estimated to be almost $147 billion.

This problem is affecting our nation's children, as well. Analyses of middle school children depicted a 60% increase in obesity risk for every additional serving of sugary beverages consumed each day.

This needs to stop.

If you levied a national tax on beverages that contain added sugars, it could have multiple benefits. The intuitive result of a per-ounce taxation on sugary drinks (including those with artificial sweeteners) would be a reduction in consumption. Further, the added tax revenue could be funneled into health programs aimed at obesity prevention, health education for children, and combating obesity-related illnesses.

I'm writing to urge you to implement a national tax on sugary beverages.

Petition Signatures


Feb 23, 2018 Luna Miller
Feb 22, 2018 Rachel Brennan
Feb 21, 2018 Lisa Guerra
Feb 21, 2018 Tenaya Egbert
Feb 21, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Feb 20, 2018 iman Ghavami
Feb 20, 2018 Adéla Režná
Feb 20, 2018 Axa Tolonen
Feb 20, 2018 William Weaver
Feb 20, 2018 Zoe Spiropoulou
Feb 19, 2018 Cristina Jercan
Feb 19, 2018 Marguerite Feldmann
Feb 19, 2018 Eva Avrampou
Feb 19, 2018 Ashley Decker
Feb 19, 2018 Daniela Rossi
Feb 19, 2018 Dena Shelangoski
Feb 18, 2018 Carmela Mazzariello
Feb 18, 2018 Allison Lansberry
Feb 18, 2018 Leslie Martin
Feb 18, 2018 J Stufflebeam
Feb 18, 2018 Kirsty Grabham
Feb 18, 2018 Stephanie🐱 Selby
Feb 18, 2018 Cynthia Campbell
Feb 18, 2018 Heinz-Helmut Umbreit
Feb 18, 2018 mindy maxwell
Feb 18, 2018 María Florencia Martínez
Feb 18, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Feb 18, 2018 Virginia Lippert
Feb 18, 2018 James Brown
Feb 17, 2018 Sharon Barnes
Feb 17, 2018 Loraine Lindsey
Feb 17, 2018 Carla L
Feb 17, 2018 Nicola Reddwoodd
Feb 17, 2018 Victoria Baylova
Feb 17, 2018 Pamela Kjono
Feb 17, 2018 Kate Harder
Feb 17, 2018 Iryna Andreychuk
Feb 17, 2018 Sara Bakker
Feb 17, 2018 Cheryl McFarland
Feb 17, 2018 Janet Almond
Feb 17, 2018 Dominique RENUCCI
Feb 17, 2018 Dagmar L. Anders
Feb 17, 2018 Louise Mcgannon
Feb 17, 2018 sue davies
Feb 17, 2018 Cindy Shoaf
Feb 17, 2018 Linda Ferland Better yet---GET SUGARY DRINKS OUT of the MARKET!!!!!
Feb 17, 2018 Alysa Waring
Feb 17, 2018 Trish Thaw
Feb 17, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Feb 17, 2018 Brenda Gamache

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