Hawaii's proposed sugary drinks tax not total answer to obesity - academic | Pacific Beat

Hawaii's proposed sugary drinks tax not total answer to obesity - academic

Hawaii's proposed sugary drinks tax not total answer to obesity - academic

Updated 7 March 2013, 10:25 AEDT

Politicians in Hawaii have proposed a tax on soda and other sugar-sweetened beverages in an effort to raise revenue and curb obesity in the state.

The tax would amount to 15.5 cents on a single 20-ounce or half litre bottle of drink.

The bill is yet to start its journey through the State Legislature, but opposition is already growing with claims that a tax will cost jobs, and burden soft drink consumers unfairly with the increased cost.

The University of Hawai'i's Professor Sumner La Croix, a visiting scholar at the London School of Economic says Hawaii has seen an increase in its obesity rate over the last few years.

Presenter: Richard Ewart

Speaker: Professor Sumner La Croix, University of Hawaii & visiting scholar, London School of Economics

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