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.
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.
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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