Statement from the Maryland-Delaware-D.C. Beverage Association and the Maryland Retailers Association On Harvard University Study Calling for Taxes on Purchases of Soft Drinks
“Let’s look at facts not computer modeling,” said Ellen Valentino, executive vice president, Maryland-Delaware-D.C. Beverage Association. “The reported findings are in total contrast to what has actually occurred in Mexico where a tax has been tried. The Mexican tax has resulted in a per capita drop of a mere 4.9 calories a day, an amount not even measurable on a bathroom scale. Additionally, Arkansas and West Virginia have long-standing soda taxes, yet they consistently rank among the most obese states in the nation.
“While we may disagree with some in the public health community on taxes, we all share the same goal of improved public health,” Valentino continued. “That is why America’s beverage companies are committed to being part of real solutions on a national scale through the Balance Calories Initiative, which aims to reduce beverage calories and added sugar in the American diet through innovation, reformulation and smaller package sizes.”
Added Cailey Locklair Tolle, president of the Maryland Retailers Association “The fact of the matter is that taxes on common grocery items don’t’ make people healthier just poorer. Baltimore City needs to focus on attracting and retaining the current grocery stores, not on a policy that will chase retailer sales and jobs to surrounding jurisdictions.”
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