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Chicago Alderman Calls for Hearings on Sugar-Sweetened Beverages and Taxes

February 17, 2012

Ald. George Cardenas, chairman of the Chicago City Council’s Health Committee, proposed a tax on sugary drinks, as much as a penny per ounce. The tax could reduce consumption, obesity, and related healthcare costs, and generate revenue.

“We’ve taken high-sugar content beverages out of the public schools. The next step is to tax them,” said Cardenas. “We have to stem this epidemic.”

The Rudd Center provides extensive resources on sugar-sweetened beverages and taxes.