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17 June 2018

Backlash against soda taxes in the US

Over the last 13 months, a backlash against soda taxes has been growing in the US, with taxes either repealed, rejected by voters, or even banned entirely.

In May last year, voters in Santa Fe rejected a soda tax in a special election, and last October, local politicians in Chicago voted to repeal an unpopular soda tax after just ten weeks.

In November, soda taxes were banned in Michigan, and in March this year, Arizona's Governor signed a bill that banned soda taxes too.

Later this year, further bans on soda taxes could be enacted in Pennsylvania, Oregon, and Washington state. There is also a move in California to block new taxes if they don't get a super majority in the local legislature.

Over the last year, there has been an astonishing backlash against sugar taxes in the US. These taxes are banned in Michigan and Arizona. And more states could ban them later this year.

It's just a shame we can't ban the sugar tax here in the UK too!

Brook Whelan

Chief Executive of People against Sugar Tax