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Study: small soda taxes don't cut consumption

ATLANTA (WKOW) -- Small taxes on soda to little to reduce soft drink consumption or prevent childhood obesity, according to a new study out this week.

Based on a 2004 survey of children, on average soda taxes didn't make much difference in how much soda is consumed, except among low-income children.

Right now, 30 states employ a soda tax. Researchers believe a larger excise tax could have a more positive effect, like the 18 percent that had been proposed and then dropped by the state of New York.

 

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