A proposal to tax sweetened soda in California has renewed debate over the state's role in preventing obesity among its residents.
State Sen. Bill Monning (D-Carmel) has introduced legislation that would levy a 1-cent-per-ounce tax on sweetened beverages, including sodas, as part of an effort to fight obesity among young people.
The money paid by beverage distributors under SB 622 would go to a Children's Health Promotion Fund to pay for a statewide childhood obesity prevention program. ``This bill will combat the obesity crisis and ensure that our children-- and future generations of Californians-- are not doomed to a shorter life expectancy and can instead live longer, healthier lives,'' Monning said.
In addition to funding the program, Monning said the measure "is intended to discourage excessive consumption of sweetened beverages by increasing the price of these products.’"