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Philadelphia First Major City to Pass Sugary Drink Tax

6/16/2016

Philadelphia just became the first major U.S. city to pass a sugary drink tax, scoring a significant win for kids and public health-- and delivering a knock-down punch to Big Soda, which spent millions of dollars to try to defeat Mayor Jim Kenney’s proposal.

Today, the City Council approved a budget, which includes a 1.5 cents per ounce tax on sugary drinks to fund citywide Pre-K, community schools, parks, libraries, and rec centers. This strategy serves as an example for other cities and states grappling with tight budgets and the high costs of chronic diseases.

With this win, Philadelphia joins Berkley, CA (the first U.S. city to pass a sugary drink tax), Mexico, the Navajo Nation, and the United Kingdom in passing a measure to help reduce sugary drink consumption and lower rates of diabetes, heart disease, stroke and other chronic diseases. And we need your help to keep the momentum going!

What we’re seeing here is a movement. A movement that prioritizes heart-healthy families over beverage industry profits. A movement that encourages people to rethink their drink. And a movement that empowers citizens to work together for positive changes for their health and for their communities, even in the face of tough opponents.

So, while we raise our arms in victory with Philadelphia today, we’re already asking, “Okay, America… who’s next?” 

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