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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


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
Jul 12, 2018 Kathy Tobey
Jul 12, 2018 Lee Trujillo-Lopez
Jul 12, 2018 Diana Ekholm
Jul 12, 2018 Wendy Wintcentsen
Jul 12, 2018 Dorothy Lee
Jul 12, 2018 Melissa French
Jul 12, 2018 Billie Gordon
Jul 12, 2018 Janet Glaspie
Jul 12, 2018 (Name not displayed) This is stupid!! Stop trying to tax everything and just use common sense! Just say NO to your children if you don't want them to drink it! Don't let the government dictate everything in your life people! Use your own minds!!!
Jul 12, 2018 Michelle Collar
Jul 12, 2018 John Meinke
Jul 12, 2018 Alexandra Harteam
Jul 12, 2018 Patricia Dangle
Jul 11, 2018 Arlette SIMON
Jul 7, 2018 Peter Miller
Jul 5, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jul 3, 2018 Shawn Cloninger
Jul 2, 2018 connie Jean
Jul 2, 2018 Zack Stills
Jul 2, 2018 R Holt
Jul 2, 2018 D Cooper
Jul 2, 2018 Diane Gravette
Jun 30, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jun 30, 2018 Tina Beedle
Jun 28, 2018 jovita diaz

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