Soda taxes aren’t just annoying, they don’t curb obesity

Following the repeal of Cook County’s soda tax in 2017 — the deep and enduring unpopularity of Philadelphia’s soda tax and numerous studies showing their lack of effectiveness in reducing obesity — one could be forgiven for thinking this policy was as dead as Michael Bloomberg’s presidential ambitions.

But like almost all bad ideas regurgitated from the so-called “public health” community, it has come back with a vengeance thanks to an intervention from the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Heart Association.

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