Soda Tax Passes in Four Cities as Fight Against Sugar Wages On

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Soda taxes were passed in four cities during the recent election day balloting reports the Wall Street Journal, as voters answer the call to find ways to try to cut down America’s increasingly unhealthy love of sugary drinks.

Voters in San Francisco, Oakland and nearby Albany Calif. approved Tuesday a penny-per-ounce levy on nonalcoholic drinks with caloric sweeteners affecting everything from cola to sports drinks and ice tea to energy drinks. In Boulder CO, residents approved a ballot measure calling for a tax of two cents per ounce.

And the week isn’t over. Cook County’s board of commissioners—representing five million people in Chicago and surrounding suburbs—is expected to vote Thursday on a penny-per-ounce tax that also would include beverages with zero-calorie sweeteners like diet soda.

The taxes pose a rising threat to beverage industry giants like Coca-Cola Co., PepsiCo Inc.and Dr Pepper Snapple Group Inc. after they spent tens of millions of dollars in recent years successfully opposing them in dozens of cities and states.