By Haylee Miles
The sugar tax is something being proposed to help stop obesity. There will be a tax upon soft drinks with high sugar levels. The people arguing for the sugar tax believe that if the price of the soda increases people will start to not buy it or afford it. Because they won’t be able to afford the sugary soda or want to pay for it people may start to lose weight or become healthier from not consuming it. When asked about the sugar tax Stephanie stated, “How do we keep people from consuming so much sugar? We should start by raising the prices on sugar and lower the prices of healthier foods.”
The people arguing against the tax are people who drink lots of soda. The people who are daily consumers don’t want to have to pay more for the soda. When I asked Dalton about his thoughts on the sugar tax he stated, “Why should we have to pay more for something we have been paying no tax on before? If they want to create a sugar tax then why won’t they just tax all sugar? Candy bars to me seem like they are way worse for you than soda.”
The companies producing the product are also very against the tax. The companies especially don’t want the tax to happen because they will be losing money themselves. The people won’t want to pay more for their products so the companies will lose customers. The question for the companies is how can we reduce the sugar so it doesn’t have to be set in place? They think they can use the fake sugar such as splenda but this could be a very costly change.
A new study thinks that just taxing certain soda with high sugar levels is not the way to do it. The better more efficient way would be to tax soda by the calorie. Lizzy W. said, “Not all soda is the same. They shouldn’t tax it by only certain sodas because they’re all different.” The calorie limitation would have a more effect on the weight loss of people.
Because a while back Mexico made a 10% sugar tax it has prompted America to do the same thing. The only thing they’re questioning is a huge amount of people will go against it and it could end up in a violent reaction from consumers.