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If you have a sugar addiction, this tax just may save your pockets -- and your health


If you have a sugar addiction, this tax just may save your pockets -- and your health

WATCH  | According to AdAge, sodas are the most consumed beverage in the United States. The average American drinks 44.7 gallons of soda a year. Soda is also one of the largest contributors to obesity, diabetes, and other noncommunicable diseases.


In order to slow down the consumption of soda,  the cities of San Francisco, Oakland, Berkeley, Boulder and Philadelphia are proposing a tax on sugary beverages. Those measures go to a vote on Election Day.

This Wednesday, June 1, 2011 photo shows Sproul Plaza on the University of California, Berkeley campus with the Campanile in the background in Berkeley, Calif. For a one-time hotbed of protest, this liberal college town is pretty chill these days. You're more likely to hear rumblings about the latest in the food revolution than people power. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

Berkley and Philadelphia were the first cities to approve a soda tax. Based on a 2016 study by the University of California, Berkeley residents reported a 63 percent increase in drinking water, and a 21 percent drop in soda consumption.

FILE - In this Dec. 3, 2015, file photo, former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg speaks during the C40 cities awards ceremony, in Paris. Bloomberg, the billionaire former three-term mayor of New York City, has decided against mounting a third-party White House bid in 2016. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus, File)

Former NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg is all for the soda tax. He has donated $18 million towards separate ballots initiatives in San Francisco and Oakland. For years, Bloomberg has indirectly targeted the soda industry.

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