News Nugget: Should the U.S. tax high-sugar drinks?

Could a higher tax on sugary drinks help fight the obesity epidemic? Some researchers say yes. And they propose a penny-per-ounce tax on sweetened beverages like soda, sports drinks and sugar-sweetened fruit juice and iced tea. They say the tax could help fight obesity because people would be more likely to choose healthier drinks, which are now usually more expensive, plus raising billions of dollars would help state and local governments pay for programs.

What do you think? Is taxing sugary drinks a good solution?

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