(ed: of course sweet-drinks are only one manifestation of this problem – the real solution is to attack this obesity-epidemic at source – namely the food/drink-manufacturers who use their products as sugar-delivery-vehicles..
a sobering exercise is to go to the prepared pasta-sauces in yr supermarket – and be gobsmacked at the eye-watering amounts of sugar they contain..(you end up wondering how they can pack so much in..)
and they are just one example of many..too many food-manufacturers are just sugar-peddlers..
so yes..sugar-tax the lolly-water..as a starter..but don’t expect just doing that to have any real impact on the obesity-epidemic..
the only way to fix this problem is to legislate to set the maximum-amounts of sugar allowed in any food/drink product..
doing anything less than this is just an exercise in auto-eroticism..)
The first sugar tax to be introduced on soft drinks in the United States to fight obesity has cut sales by nearly 10% and apparently increased the numbers of people buying water instead – a study has shown.
Berkeley California introduced a substantial tax on sugar-sweetened beverages on 1 March 2015.
At the rate of 10% – or one penny per fluid ounce – it adds 12 cents to a 12 ounce can of soda priced at $1 or 68 cents to a two litre bottle costing just over $2 before the tax.