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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than one-third of adults are obese in the U.S. alone [1]. Further, obesity-related heart disease and diabetes are among the leading health problems Americans face today. While there are several factors that contribute to obesity and obesity-related illness, there is a growing body of evidence that reveals sugary beverages are a major contributor to the global obesity epidemic.

Many beverages with added sugar contain more sugar in each bottle than the American Heart Association's (AHA) daily recommended limit. A 2009 report from the AHA revealed that soft drinks and sugar sweetened beverages are the largest contributors of added sugars in Americans' diets [2]. That same year, the cost of treating obesity-related medical issues was estimated to be almost $147 billion [3].

This problem is affecting our nation's children, as well. Analyses of middle school children depicted a 60% increase in obesity risk for every additional serving of sugary beverages consumed each day [4].

This needs to stop.

Adding a national tax to beverages that contain added sugars could have multiple benefits. The intuitive result of a per-ounce taxation on sugary drinks (including those with artificial sweeteners) would be a reduction in consumption. Further, the added tax revenue could be funneled into health programs aimed at obesity prevention, health education for children, and combating obesity-related illnesses.

Urge lawmakers to implement a national tax on sugary beverages. Sign now!

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To The Joint Committee on Taxation,

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than one-third of adults are obese in the U.S. alone. Further, obesity-related heart disease and diabetes are among the leading health problems Americans face today. While there are several factors that contribute to obesity and obesity-related illness, there is a growing body of evidence that reveals sugary beverages are a major contributor to the global obesity epidemic.

Many beverages with added sugar contain more sugar in each bottle than the American Heart Association's (AHA) daily recommended limit. A 2009 report from the AHA revealed that soft drinks and sugar sweetened beverages are the largest contributors of added sugars in Americans' diets. That same year, the cost of treating obesity-related medical issues was estimated to be almost $147 billion.

This problem is affecting our nation's children, as well. Analyses of middle school children depicted a 60% increase in obesity risk for every additional serving of sugary beverages consumed each day.

This needs to stop.

If you levied a national tax on beverages that contain added sugars, it could have multiple benefits. The intuitive result of a per-ounce taxation on sugary drinks (including those with artificial sweeteners) would be a reduction in consumption. Further, the added tax revenue could be funneled into health programs aimed at obesity prevention, health education for children, and combating obesity-related illnesses.

I'm writing to urge you to implement a national tax on sugary beverages.

Petition Signatures


May 26, 2018 Amanda Albuquerque
May 26, 2018 CINDIE WOODS
May 26, 2018 Stephanie Dejou
May 26, 2018 Rodrigo Gonçalves
May 26, 2018 Marcia Ayres
May 26, 2018 Rebecca Lambery
May 25, 2018 Louise Blume
May 25, 2018 annette florence
May 25, 2018 Marguerite DeMartino
May 24, 2018 SANDRY SAMPER
May 24, 2018 Phyllis Van Leuven
May 24, 2018 Priscilla Hoke
May 24, 2018 Norma Early
May 24, 2018 Marie Norton
May 24, 2018 Ines Ivanisevic
May 23, 2018 Maja Milosevic
May 22, 2018 Isabel Berning
May 22, 2018 Tara Mae
May 22, 2018 Sue Hayward
May 21, 2018 Kellen Livingston
May 21, 2018 Aliyah Khan
May 21, 2018 Vikram Seetharaman
May 21, 2018 Brittany Fluhler
May 21, 2018 Raquel Flores
May 21, 2018 Kari Windholz
May 21, 2018 galina Dzhaladyan
May 21, 2018 Débora Silva
May 21, 2018 Elena Maltseva
May 21, 2018 Rajka Marhold
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May 21, 2018 (Name not displayed)
May 21, 2018 Ana Kermedchieva
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May 20, 2018 Marolyne Williams
May 20, 2018 Marge Ferrance
May 20, 2018 Alvin Carrier
May 20, 2018 Sari Whitehurst
May 20, 2018 Tim Sunlake
May 20, 2018 Amanda Ault
May 20, 2018 RENATE SCHEWCZYK
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May 20, 2018 Angel Woytovich
May 20, 2018 Kay Fisher
May 20, 2018 Brittany Barringer
May 20, 2018 Elisabeth Martin
May 20, 2018 Ingrid Schneider
May 20, 2018 Margaret Rangnow
May 20, 2018 Segolene Coatrieux
May 20, 2018 Richard Brigg
May 20, 2018 GIAN FRANCO BUSSACCHINI

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