Cook County Approves Soda Tax!


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Now across the nation soda tax measures are being discussed, or passed, as the most recent news shows four new cities pass a soda tax measure, now including Cook County, Illi. (28.9% Latino).

“Research shows this tax will reduce consumption of sugary beverages and, in turn, lead to a decrease in the chronic diseases that are currently devastating our low-income and minority communities,” said Dr. Karen Larimer, president of the American Heart Association’s Metro Chicago Board of Directors. “The financial, emotional and physical toll of  diabetes, heart disease and cancer far exceed the financial impact of this tax on Cook County residents.”

Measures that help reduce consumption of sugary beverages could help many Latino kids, who, as studies show, often consume more than their peers of sugary beverages.

A study from Havard researchers also revealed that the tax in Cook County could have profound effects in helping to reduce diabetes, extend lives, prevent over 37,000 cases of obesity and save in over $222 million in health care costs over 10 years.

The effort for the tax, lead by Board President Toni Preckwinkle was also supported by local and national health organizations, hoping to make an impact on the future health of the city. The one-cent-per-ounce tax on sugar-sweetened beverages will also include artificial sweetened beverages. The  estimated $74.6 million to be raised from the tax would be aimed at helping to fill  a $174 million gap, and support funding for public health initiatives.

According to local news, the tax will be implemented starting the first of July 2016.

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of Latino kids have had a sugary drink by age 2 (vs. 45% of white kids)

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