June 21, 2006
The Case Against Soda Taxes to Curb Obesity
Interesting article from the Tax Foundation:
In a story that has garnered considerable media attention, the American Medical Association is considering recommending that a special tax be imposed on soft drinks in an effort to have the government curb obesity.
As with many attempts to achieve broader social goals through the tax system—as opposed to simply raising revenue efficiently for programs—a soda tax aimed at curbing obesity is not designed with any economic rationale in mind. Instead, it appeals to a paternalistic desire to control individual behavior in society, and treats the tax system as merely a convenient mechanism to achieve that end.
Check out the rest of the story.
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