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    Would you support taxing Pepsi and Coca-Cola products?

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    The Erie County Department of Health (ECDOH) says sugar-sweetened beverage taxes as policy to improve health are valid and should be supported.


    Would you support taxing Pepsi and Coca-Cola products in order to promote healthier alternatives?






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    Erie County Department of Health (ECDOH)
    Government Organization · Health Agency · Public Services

    ECDOH Mission

    The mission of the Erie County Department of Health (ECDOH) is to promote and protect the health, safety, and well-being of Erie County residents through active prevention, education, enforcement, advocacy and partnerships.

    https://www.facebook.com/ecdoh


    http://www2.erie.gov/health/



    Who basically controls this department? The Erie County Democrats or The Erie County Republicans?

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    Obesity and diabetes are so uncommon that we can probably just ignore stuff like this. The Department of Health has some nerve making suggestions about ways to reduce sugar consumption.

    The estimated annual health care costs of obesity-related illness are a staggering $190.2 billion or nearly 21% of annual medical spending in the United States. Cawley J, Meyerhoefer C. The medical care costs of obesity: an instrumental variables approach. Journal of Health Economics. 31(1):219-230. 2012

    Rising consumption of sugary drinks has been a major contributor to the obesity epidemic. Institute of Medicine. Accelerating Progress in Obesity Prevention: Solving the Weight of the Nation. Washington, DC: National Academies Press; 2012.

    A typical 20-ounce soda contains 15 to 18 teaspoons of sugar and upwards of 240 calories. A 64-ounce fountain cola drink could have up to 700 calories. US Department of Agriculture. Nutrient data for 14400, Carbonated beverage, cola, contains caffeine. National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference, Release 24. 2012. Accessed June 21, 2012, http://ndb.nal.usda.gov/ndb/foods/show/4337

    People who drink this “liquid candy” do not feel as full as if they had eaten the same calories from solid food and do not compensate by eating less. Pan A, Hu FB. Effects of carbohydrates on satiety: differences between liquid and solid food. Curr Opin Clin Nutr Metab Care. 2011;14:385-90.

    Beverage companies in the US spent roughly $3.2 billion marketing carbonated beverages in 2006, with nearly a half billion dollars of that marketing aimed directly at youth ages 2–17. US Federal Trade Commission. Marketing Food to Children and Adolescents: A Review of Industry Expenditures, Activities, and Self-Regulation. Washington, DC: US Federal Trade Commission; 2008.
    Harvard School of Public Health: The Problem - Sugary Drinks Are a Major Contributor to the Obesity Epidemic

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    I don't think people would mind being forced to pay for things - if that's where the money actually went.
    #Dems play musical chairs + patronage and nepotism = entitlement !

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    As long as they don't put an extra tax on chocolate, I'm fine with it.


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    no
    the gov't is extending themselves much too far into our lives. they need to stop with the nanny state over control
    Vote for freedom, not political parties.
    Politicians need to cut spending

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    What sharkey said.

    I bet I know what it is. The Erie county Health Department needs to cover salary increases.

    Go check out seethroughny.org

    I looked up one salary and wondered why the increase from 2013 to 2014.

    $156,684 2014
    $141,922 2013
    $23,724 2012
    $65,554 2009

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    https://www.fatsecret.com/calories-n...latte-(grande)


    So why is coffee any different? They should go after Starbucks, Tims DD etc

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    Why not a TV tax to reduce the amount of time people sit on the couch watching television? Then add a campaign contribution tax for every commercial a politician shows on television.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SAAR View Post
    Why not a TV tax to reduce the amount of time people sit on the couch watching television?
    The cable companies do it for them.

    Time Warner Cable will soon add a $2.75 sports programming monthly surcharge, in addition to other increased service and equipment fees that altogether could add as much as $9 to a customer’s bill, according to multiple reports.

    Other fees that will rise include those for a digital adapter, from 99 cents to $2.75; Internet modem lease, from $5.99 to $8; and HBO, from $14.95 to $16.99, according to reports. The higher fees will take effect in their next billing statement.

    http://www.buffalonews.com/city-regi...-fees-20141226

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    Quote Originally Posted by 300miles View Post
    The cable companies do it for them.

    Not for people who don't have cable TV.


    That's why I talked about a TV tax. A tax on every television because you are typically inactive watching the TV. Call it the "couch potato" tax. Yeah, my example seems ridiculous but I remember when the sugary drink tax was considered ridiculous.

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