Berkeley approves tax on sugary drinks

The city of Berkeley, California has become the first U.S. city to approve a tax that targets soda consumption.

A 50 percent majority was required to pass the measure and almost two-thirds of the city's voters supported it. The new soda tax will be one cent per ounce.

Various states and cities have tried about 30 times to pass a tax on sugary drinks, but none have been successful. These efforts have received pushback from the soda industry, which reportedly has spent millions of dollars fighting the taxes.

Voters in nearby San Francisco, however, did not pass a similar measure.  The proposal there to institute a tax of two cents per ounce didn't receive the two-thirds majority that was required.

Supporters of Berkeley's new tax say they hope it will lead to similar taxes across the U.S. which they say would help slow the the country's obesity epidemic.

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Sourced from: BBC, Tax on sugary drinks passed in first US city