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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


Sep 19, 2017 Linda Kehew
Sep 14, 2017 Charles Lowery
Sep 13, 2017 Richard Bosboom
Sep 10, 2017 Luis Chelotti
Sep 6, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Sep 5, 2017 Janet Petermann
Sep 5, 2017 Michael Williams
Sep 3, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Aug 30, 2017 Monica Riedler
Aug 25, 2017 Marie Robison
Aug 25, 2017 Shirley Patterson
Aug 18, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Aug 16, 2017 Paola Moretti
Aug 13, 2017 Susannah Gelbart
Aug 13, 2017 Thomas Windberg
Aug 13, 2017 serge gendron
Aug 7, 2017 AniMae Chi
Aug 7, 2017 Diane Taylor
Aug 5, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Aug 1, 2017 Diana Monks
Aug 1, 2017 Brian Gottejman
Jul 31, 2017 Nadejda Sarafidova
Jul 28, 2017 cindy ray
Jul 28, 2017 julie matewicz
Jul 27, 2017 Joan Christensen People who engage in high risk behaviors that affect their health, and who receive subsidized health care should pay for it.
Jul 27, 2017 Catheryn Sproull
Jul 25, 2017 Nadine Miller
Jul 21, 2017 Fern Swecker
Jul 19, 2017 Sue Jackson
Jul 19, 2017 karen simpson
Jul 14, 2017 Elizabeth Cano
Jul 13, 2017 Jaroslav Bajer I agree !!
Jul 11, 2017 charin Suárez
Jul 6, 2017 tiffany dellaria
Jul 5, 2017 Sharon Gilman
Jul 4, 2017 kellyann morander
Jul 2, 2017 Ivan Zhyvolup
Jul 2, 2017 Chris McWilliams
Jul 2, 2017 R Belkin
Jul 2, 2017 Nicola Cerato
Jun 29, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jun 29, 2017 Nicolette Stan
Jun 27, 2017 Stefano Fuschetto
Jun 26, 2017 Pat Gilch
Jun 25, 2017 Susan Bonta Sugary drinks are not good for us in that they promote diseases, such as diabetes, and other health risks - to kids & adults. There should be a national tax on them - for something extremely healthy to us.
Jun 24, 2017 Miriam Feehily
Jun 23, 2017 Richard Bosboom
Jun 22, 2017 Thao Vu
Jun 21, 2017 Richard Bosboom
Jun 21, 2017 (Name not displayed)

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