Targeting Obesity, Sorrell Proposes ‘Soda Tax’

Wednesday, 11/17/10 5:50pm
Bob Kinzel – Montpelier, Vt.

AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin
(Host) Attorney General Bill Sorrell wants the Legislature to impose a new tax on soda to help combat what Sorrell calls a growing obesity crisis in Vermont.
He wants to use the money raised from the tax to finance new initiatives that will provide Vermonters with healthier foods.
VPR’s Bob Kinzel reports.
(Kinzel) For Attorney General Bill Sorrell, the consumption of soda products in Vermont is a key factor in one of the largest health care issues facing the state.
Sorrell says the number of Vermonters who are obese has more than doubled over the past 20 years. It’s estimated that 25% of the state’s adult population is obese and Sorrell says this number could easily reach 40% by 2050.
Sorrell says that’s why it’s critical for the Legislature to aggressively attack this problem.

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