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Gavin Newsom Proposes Tax on Soda in San Francisco

Fee on Soft Drinks: Cool or Not?

One of the healthiest cities for women, San Francisco, is looking to take healthy to a whole new level.

Gavin Newsom, the mayor of San Francisco, has proposed charging big stores a fee when they sell any soft drinks with high-fructose corn syrup. The fee is still to be determined however, if the bill were approved, money generated from the fee would go toward a city program that emphasizes exercise, diet and other preventative health measures. So what do you think . . .


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starkiss23 starkiss23 9 years
I don't think its the governments place to regulate things like this. Promote wellness and protect us from things that are dangerous, yes. Maybe if this money went to improving the FDA, I'd be a little bit more on board. Prohibition, anyone?
i-am-awesomeness i-am-awesomeness 9 years
A lot of times, I think that the government should just get involved and make an executive decision. This is not one of those times. I love my sodas, and I wouldn't give that up. Why should the government decide if something sugary is bad for me? Maybe the sugar doesn't affect me as much as it affects someone else, and that's not fair. I think Newsom should just concentrate on the whole no-plastic bag thing and stop trying to change people's beverage of choice.
amber_castaldo amber_castaldo 9 years
THis is so strange. I don't think they should so this.
cshmere cshmere 9 years
Wackdoodle makes a really good point though. When administration gains an ok and then oversteps its boundaries it is very upsetting. Some things help the city and other things just exploit the people who live in the city. It is a fine line and it is sometimes hard to judge what is helping and what is hurting the populace.
cshmere cshmere 9 years
Corn syrup has been proven to be unhealthy and to a point actually addicting. Companies should be using sugar anyways, they only use corn syrup because it is less expensive for them as a company. This will effect the companies just as much as the average consumer and hopefully cause them to use regular, less processed sweeteners. Also, San Francisco is pretty small if you want to purchase a huge case of soda (which contains high fructose corn syrup) you can just go to San Rafael, Corta Madera, Sausalito, etc. Also you can order it on the web. I think it is cool that the money which is earned from this will go to public awareness and health programs. That is pretty awesome in my book. Also, there are so many sodas out there that do not have high fructose corn syrup in them and they taste the same if not better than their less healthy counterparts. Even coca cola has a sugar sweetened soda and I think Dr. Pepper does as well. As long as you read the ingredients first you won't have to deal with the taxes that some seem to be so seriously opposed to.
Peyote Peyote 9 years
GAH you people! It's not about the SODA; it's about the HIGH FRUCTOSE CORN SYRUP!!!
Peyote Peyote 9 years
hkmarks hkmarks 9 years
Better they should stop subsidizing the corn industry. Here's an article on the subject:
wackdoodle wackdoodle 9 years
As a SF resident, I say "Hell No!" even though I am anti-HFCS. SF already accesses far too many fees and taxes and city residents as it is. We SF resident agreed years ago as a supposed temporary measure to pay a higher than state average sales tax, and then our Board of Supervisors (BOS) and the Mayor made it permanent with the ability to raise it. As a city employee I pay a city tax which I didn't pay when I worked in the private sector. We pay parking fees, syrofoam and recyclable plastic have been outlawed and were about to start being charged a fee at the grocery store for a paper bag if our groceries won't fit in our clothe bags or we forget them. It's freaking outrageous and a new tax on consuming soda won't stop people from consuming soda. maybe we should ask Gavin to tax all wine sales since he owns a wine shop and numerous bars and restaurants and declared himself to have a drinking problem. Wait will they also tax all the gzillon Starbucks Coffee shops that add HFCS laden syrups to their drinks? I think not. Geez, I'm glad I voted for Matt G.
Schaianne Schaianne 9 years
I don't think it's anyone's business and sounds a bit against our Constitutional rights, honestly.
JessBear JessBear 9 years
I agree 100% with freegracefrom. This is appalling.
moonlite moonlite 9 years
People are just dumb if they know how bad something is for them and continue to consume it, so no, the tax probably wouldn't do much good in the long run. Cigarettes are expensive but people continue to smoke. If people really want to be healthy they will take the initiative to find out what they're putting in their bodies, instead of downing diet coke thinking it's better for them than regular coke.
sarcastabtch sarcastabtch 9 years
I don't need big brother telling me what I can and can't do- he's already sticking his nose in where it doesn't belong. Don't need to make it worse.
Spectra Spectra 9 years
I think it's ridiculous. Lots of people drink soda and don't have a weight's not like soda is the only culprit. You have to consider a person's entire lifestyle. I drink diet soda and I'd have to say I'd be pretty pissed if the government tried to tax it.
colormesticky colormesticky 9 years
We already pay a nickel deposit on the can. They can bite my butt if they think they're going to charge me more.
Mizbetty Mizbetty 9 years
Well I think it is wrong but belive it or not every state has a different tax on something. for example not sure what state it is but they have a junk food tax and the only reason I know that is because I drove a semi across 48 states.
kcboyer kcboyer 9 years
Another person in agreement with tinyflames response. If you start charging fees for soda, what's next? Cookies? Ice Cream? Pizza? Everything in moderation. No fees necessary.
ElectroPopTart ElectroPopTart 9 years
Heck NO...what's next after this? This is a BAD and LAME idea.
stixnbones stixnbones 9 years
I think it's a great idea. With 60% of Americans overweight the government needs to start taking more measures like this to enforce heathier living or else we'll only have 40% of our population left.
Gunnr Gunnr 9 years
This is just SILLY! Yes soda is bad for you, but so are a lot of other things.... sweetened tea, anything from Starbucks, etc, etc, etc....
darkwingdave darkwingdave 9 years
Up to the North, Washington has had a 'sin tax' on soda since 2004.
javsmav javsmav 9 years
I don't see how the gym hypo is relevant. it's not SOME people who are obese. It's a LOT. It would be ridiculous to impose an extra tax on something that the majority of the people can use responsibly and that is good for those people. It's very clear that the majority of Americans won't eat right. Unfortunately, that affects EVERYONE. Obesity related health problems are costly. Also, maybe this will be a wake-up call to soda producers. HFCS is not a necessary ingredient for soda.
SillyGirl SillyGirl 9 years
You can't protect people from themselves just like you can't "force people to be free." People have to take personal responsibility for their own actions. While I dont consume anything with high fructose corn syrup in it, I have no right to FORCE (and by adding a tax to such items you are more than encouraging people you are forcing people) my beliefs on another person. How would you feel if it were flipped and they taxed people's gym memberships citing that while most people can use the gym in moderation, some people use the gym to sustain unhealthy low weights.
javsmav javsmav 9 years
"what's next? Governmt appointed counselor to monitor your food intake during regulated breakfast, lunch & dinner hours?" ha! I wish. I'd love for someone to come over and tell my fat ass to stop eating. I'd support this. There is no reason anyone should be drinking or eating HFCS. It's crap. I wish it were banned, then I wouldn't have to waste time reading the labels of innocent-sounding food for evidence of that poison. And here they aren't even banning it--it's like the cigarette tax. You can still get a cancer-stick if you want, but it will cost you more.
cubadog cubadog 9 years
I don't drink regular sodabut when I am sick there is nothing like a non-diet 7Up or Sprite. I think this is way over the top. Prices are going up on everything because of oil prices, so taxing it on top of that is a waste.
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