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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


Aug 16, 2018 Paul Statman
Aug 11, 2018 Angela Watson
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Aug 6, 2018 Sheila Kelley
Aug 1, 2018 Erin McCarty
Jul 30, 2018 Sam Leeper
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Jul 30, 2018 Elaine Cheney
Jul 29, 2018 Mireille Urbain
Jul 29, 2018 Michele Reynolds
Jul 29, 2018 JoAnn Natarelli
Jul 25, 2018 susan shi
Jul 25, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jul 25, 2018 Cynthia Smith
Jul 25, 2018 William and Jean Haslett
Jul 25, 2018 marita hznse
Jul 25, 2018 helen emmerson
Jul 23, 2018 Christine Sumner
Jul 22, 2018 Pauline Köhler
Jul 21, 2018 Yvonne Points
Jul 20, 2018 Debi Mohan
Jul 20, 2018 jole lheureux
Jul 20, 2018 Ann Rasch
Jul 19, 2018 Kimberly Jennings
Jul 16, 2018 Richard Cooper
Jul 16, 2018 Cara Russo
Jul 16, 2018 Lisa Delabre
Jul 16, 2018 Iva Stoykova
Jul 15, 2018 Mariam Andalibi
Jul 15, 2018 Carole Gorecki
Jul 13, 2018 ioannis tsorvas
Jul 13, 2018 Jennifer Annable
Jul 13, 2018 Georgina Towning
Jul 13, 2018 Mike Bushaw
Jul 13, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jul 13, 2018 Sarah Gavison
Jul 12, 2018 jorge belloso-curiel
Jul 12, 2018 Diego Ruiz
Jul 12, 2018 MaL Mateus
Jul 12, 2018 Susan Verser
Jul 12, 2018 Maria Monteiro
Jul 12, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jul 12, 2018 Jay Frye
Jul 12, 2018 Frances Gower
Jul 12, 2018 Michelle Franca
Jul 12, 2018 Scott Pingel
Jul 12, 2018 Phyl Morello
Jul 12, 2018 Roger Nehring
Jul 12, 2018 Juli Kring
Jul 12, 2018 Leora Yaffi

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