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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


Apr 18, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Apr 18, 2018 Jenny See
Apr 14, 2018 Barbara Tomlinson
Apr 12, 2018 Fatima Raza
Apr 12, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Apr 10, 2018 Lisa vasta
Apr 5, 2018 Sieglinda Preez
Apr 5, 2018 Felecia Woody
Mar 26, 2018 April Schulte
Mar 26, 2018 Jan Weeks RD
Mar 26, 2018 Kaley Bill
Mar 26, 2018 Elisenda Ponsa
Mar 26, 2018 Kristina Bergström
Mar 25, 2018 Lesley Adamson Taxing sugary drink will give more tax to the government, and will dissuade people from drinking them. This tax will serve two purposes.
Mar 24, 2018 Karen Ramirez
Mar 24, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Mar 24, 2018 Richard Rheder
Mar 24, 2018 Donna Gregston Wood
Mar 24, 2018 Lenore Norman
Mar 24, 2018 Patrizia Cordoni
Mar 23, 2018 Matthew McWhirr
Mar 22, 2018 Cristina daCruz
Mar 22, 2018 Jennifer Schonberger
Mar 22, 2018 michele rule
Mar 22, 2018 steven rule
Mar 22, 2018 tj bolduc
Mar 22, 2018 Teresa Cruz-Wortman
Mar 22, 2018 Dona Anderson
Mar 22, 2018 Sandra Holbrook
Mar 22, 2018 dritan zmali
Mar 22, 2018 Yvonne Beran
Mar 22, 2018 Crystal Wolf
Mar 22, 2018 Steven Skal
Mar 22, 2018 Perlita Schubert
Mar 22, 2018 Cathy Mitchamore
Mar 19, 2018 Barbara Buehl
Mar 16, 2018 Jason Saville
Mar 14, 2018 Barbara Costanzo
Mar 12, 2018 Courtney Sulak
Mar 10, 2018 Edward Hughes
Mar 9, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Mar 9, 2018 Annie Hatzakorzian
Mar 9, 2018 Marilyn Williams
Mar 7, 2018 Rose Leidolph
Mar 2, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Mar 2, 2018 Liz Pope
Feb 27, 2018 Richard Han
Feb 26, 2018 renay lawrence
Feb 26, 2018 Inessa Shakhnazarian
Feb 23, 2018 Luna Miller

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