Philadelphia

Philadelphia is the first major city to pass a tax on sodas and other beverages with high sugar content.

The new law will assess a 1.5 cents per ounce tax on all sugary beverages, reports Philly.com.

After the law passed, Mayor Jim Kenney called it "a historic investment in our neighborhoods and our education system."

The law comes at a time when the nation's obesity rate is at its highest levels. The CDC says 38% of women and 17% of teenagers are morbidly overweight.

Nutritionists and researchers blame sugary beverages such as sodas for boosting the obesity epidemic among women children.

The law does not cover baby formula and products that contain more than 50% milk, fruit, or vegetable juice.

The law will affect major distributors first, then eventually trickle down to consumers at the point of sale.

Thanks to loyal reader Django for the tip.

  • Jahnée Gill Mr.Eddie Murphy

    How about they worry about GMOs and frankenfoods. I'm almost certain those do way more harm than soda's and snacks. Taxing soda's isn't going to stop a salad from costing more than a burger.

  • QueenyBean

    Does juice count?

  • hotntot95

    This will not stop consumption. They make this crap then tell us stop drinking/eating it...I'm glad I drink water most of the time...but it's sad cause so many are hooked...now they want to increase how much they pay...?

  • http://Copblock.org Brenden’s Back #BlockDeez?

    "Thanks to loyal reader Django for the tip."

    I want his tip soooooo bad???

  • https://www.etsy.com/shop/AMarieNaturals Lovezoe

    Did I miss the post on Zonnique? ???

  • ReadingIsFundamental4Real

    San Fran was trying to do this. Do you see how much people pay for cigarettes? They not afraid of cancer. Are they going to put a tax on aspartame? Shidd, this isn't going to stop people's tastes and habits. They just made making more money sound like it is for a cause.

  • ShortyDuwop

    Just waiting on this post about TI and Tiny daughter.....

  • Jahnée Gill Mr.Eddie Murphy

    Que? What happened?

  • ShortyDuwop

    She got arrested for carrying a gun at the airport ....allegedly

  • Da Puppet Mistress

    Is a tax on coffee coming? Tea tax coming back? I read this and think it's stupid

  • ReadingIsFundamental4Real

    OH MY WORD. Doubt we get that post. Headed back to talking about sugar.

  • Jahnée Gill Mr.Eddie Murphy

    ....

  • Finding Forever…

    WHAT? NOW THIS ALLLLL THE KANG & QUAAN (Queen) NEED.

  • Finding Forever…

    You sound like Pookie (New Jack)...I tried to kick, but the sh!t just keeps calling me...calling me.

  • Rayne

    They need t crack down on ryes grocery stores that sell baby arm chicken wings. I'm sick of looking at them .

  • Readytochokemothernatureonout

    +1

  • Readytochokemothernatureonout

    Oh my

  • ReadingIsFundamental4Real

    Zeboe come get yo kid!!!!!
    lol... dont delete me.

    By the way... I don't think this is an open post....

  • Da Puppet Mistress

    It ain't happened. She been too busy hati...I mean...posting, about the Curry's

  • Wayup!

    Yeah Im from Philly and Im irked?
    My as$ need to be drinking water anyway tho?

  • Finding Forever…

    This is JUST one thing. But if they're still eating other processed foods AND not moving then what? Guess you'll be knocking down doors NEXT...FOOD POLICE? That commercial...FUNNIEST. Hey Grandma, another grape soda please?
    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=UntdGA7gH3Q

  • hotntot95

    Aspartame, MSG....legal poison...

  • Wayup!

    Didn't tea tax cause a war many moons ago...*goes to research*

  • stav

    Since when does the government care about what people consume? And where is the money going that they will collect for this tax?

  • Wayup!

    When they that big I aint buying. .. ?

  • nucynu25

    She just like her daddy huh ?

  • Wayup!

    Its not all going to preK like they said it would trust ?

  • ReadingIsFundamental4Real

    this heffa made US Weekly's website

  • Rayne

    I'm with you I haven't eaten wings in two months.

  • hotntot95

    Who...Tiny's daughter??

  • Wayup!

    When I eat meat...I don't buy it from supermarkets ...

  • Rayne

    Where do u get yours? Cause I might have to go.

  • Wayup!

    9th & Washington (Italian Market) S. Philly

  • Just Keya

    And people are pissed!!!

  • melissaisasnob

    Grandma needs to save her side eye and tell that little blob to get off his a$$ and get his own soda. It's like those 700lb people in bed all day. Who keeps bringing them the 12 eggs and 2lbs of bacon and two loaves of bread? Enablers.

  • https://www.etsy.com/shop/AMarieNaturals Lovezoe

    Welp!

  • Liz

    If this was about people's health wouldn't they just make things like fruits and vegetables more affordable? This would only make sense if the money raised from this tax was used to subsidize prices in the produce department

  • iWasteTime

    I see it runs in the family huh?

  • Blaque Mahogany

    Soooo dang near 25% tax on a 16 ounce soda. Dumbest ish ever.

  • Da Puppet Mistress

    I think irked is the Philly word of the year. I love irked.

  • Rayne

    Oh ok I'm in Chicago tho dang

  • Just Keya

    They claimed at first it was for pre-K but now come to find out it's not all for that. Sneaky shit

  • Da Puppet Mistress

    Nahshon came back to holler at us in the post below. He a WRITER too he said *sobs real sobs of joy*

  • Wayup!

    Oh Chile...I thought you were a Phillyite ? just made up a word...dnt judge me!?

  • Just Keya

    Lmao

  • Just Keya

    No. And I told Sandra downstairs in case she did not know about it.

  • Bam Bam Li

    I keep finding Aspartame in damn near every drink here in the UK smfh. I usually read ingredients out of pure curiosity, and I've noticed over the past 5 years it's increased dramatically.

  • Blaque Mahogany

    Meanwhile, people are dying from listeria because they chose to eat salad. I mean if you want to be the food police, there are a lot of things you should have prioritized over this.

    And if I was Pepsi or whoever, and I had a plant or anything there I would move it with the quickest. Tax that, dumb azzes.

  • Just Keya

    Either way why you got it at the airport like they not gonna check you. Smh.

  • Wayup!

    Feel free to use when your really pissed and other words just wont do...?

  • Blue

    What in hell are you supposed to drink with your Philly cheesesteak?

  • Da Puppet Mistress

    I didnt know that word was REGIONAL!!

  • stav

    Dealing with the government .. What else would it be?

  • Go Head With That

    The government will ban sprinklers because a tree dry rotted instead of guiding where the sprinkler goes. The school system are the worse ever but they are taxing grape soda. MS taxes everything so I pay anyway but this is cray. I just learned that broccoli isn't real?? ? I can't google. I'm afraid ?

  • Da Puppet Mistress

    A whole entire war. Revolutionary. Its gonna be a Pepsi war in damn Philly.

  • Taylordanes

    GOOD ...GMO's NEXT

  • hotntot95

    Yep...in gum and candy too...I'm trying hard to find alternatives...I use alot of raw unfiltered apple cider vinegar and honey...I try to boil all my meats before I actually cook it...it's not easy or cheap to eat better or try to avoid all this stuff..

  • Go Head With That

    Picks up half frozen pink lemonade koolaid?

  • ReadingIsFundamental4Real

    Yes, being pregnant I am very irritated with the weekly emails about what else has now been giving people listeria lately. I can't eat a damn thing; it's soooo annoying. I have to burn all my damn food.

  • Wayup!

    Chileeeee. ..let me find out...?

  • Go Head With That

    Naw nigh ?

  • Da Puppet Mistress

    ATL Hartsfield busiest damn airport in 'Merica. She better ask Petey Pablo wtf happens when you have a gun in the airport.

  • Wayup!

    Yasss do you boo?

  • Da Puppet Mistress

    For the gun in the airport post if we ever get one.
    Bye.

    http://www.wral.com/rapper-gets-35-months-in-prison-on-gun-charge/10188385/

  • Wayup!

    Im bout to pick me up some sweet tea rite now!

  • BRuhman_Vista

    Are you listening Whole Foods? ?

  • Just Keya

    But she is old enough to know better than that. Come on now.

  • Just Keya

    If your out in the county Pepsi. In the city water I guess lol

  • Wayup!

    Loll...STOPPED???

  • Da Puppet Mistress

    Hell so was Mo (Petey). He was 36-37 when it happened. They not gonna throw the book at her. Mo was a felon and had priors to the gun in our airport thing. I hope this a lesson to her. Im sad about it.

  • https://www.etsy.com/shop/AMarieNaturals Lovezoe

    You know since she like she talking bout folks kids.

  • OvertheMississippi

    Busiest in the WORLD!

  • BRuhman_Vista

    Once again, buerocrats believe it's their job to tax folk into behaving a certain way. Didn't Bloomberg attempt some similar foolishness in NYC? Like this gonna stop somebody from enjoying they soda. Been taxing cigarettes thru the roof for years and people still buying. Mane please! ?

  • Da Puppet Mistress

    It sure is. They are SUPER vigilant there. Damn man. This is kinda awful for that girl.

  • Wayup!

    Pepsi/Nabisco are the last of the remaining warehouse dinosaurs here in Philly. ..I hope they wouldn't think abt leaving ?

  • Jahnée Gill Mr.Eddie Murphy

    You might want to add bananas and carrots to that list. I was so sad when I found out about broccoli , I love broccoli. A lot of the foods we eat are hybrids smh.

  • Just Keya

    No book. But I don't feel bad for her. She knew better.

  • Blue

    Lol

  • Vonn

    Coming soon to a town near you.

  • Vonn

    Folks will go to a neighboring city for their drinks.

  • Vonn

    Lol

  • Vonn

    The family hustle.

  • Vonn

    Ppl are going to be fighting because someone spilled their 10 dollar Pepsi.

  • Go Head With That

    Man

  • Jahnée Gill Mr.Eddie Murphy

    I saw. The damn decepticon tried it though. ?

  • http://totallifechanges.com/PurTEA VanillaCaramel2shotsExpresso

    There are so many fatty foods .... What's next Philly Cheesesteaks???? Candy ??? The ones who passed the law probably look like the Clumps!!!!
    #teamchunky

  • Lisa daniels

    Broccoli isn't real? Lies.

  • Lisa daniels

    Bananas and carrots?

  • TheRealLee

    How about burgers any other food not deemed healthy. How about some creativity and tax premarital sex and not exercising. Employment rate would go though the roof with monitors and regulators. You can't tax human behavior. Is the brownshirt army next.

  • Lisa daniels

    Pepsi or coke , who will you choose?

  • Jahnée Gill Mr.Eddie Murphy

    Yes. The bananas we eat now are not the same bananas for 60 years ago. Real carrots aren't orange their purple and other colors. It's a lot to take in .

  • Blaque Mahogany

    Child...and its hot as hell oustide.

  • Blaque Mahogany

    They'll come back when Philly gets its head out of its behind. Money talk.

  • Wayup!

    Their calling the tax unethical City Hall/Mayor Kenny bought it get sued. ..**sigh ? and I was JUST starting to like him....?

  • Lisa daniels

    I want receipts.??

  • Jahnée Gill Mr.Eddie Murphy
  • Jahnée Gill Mr.Eddie Murphy
  • Lisa daniels

    Eww???????????????(???)???

  • Jahnée Gill Mr.Eddie Murphy

    That's a wild banana lol.

  • Lisa daniels

    Nooo. Take it back. I don't want it.

  • Monday

    Monsanto put too much money on Hillary to win to let that happen

  • Monday

    I JUST start loving broccolli.. It does makes me constipated for some reason

  • Monday

    Tax the soda so we consume more juice FILLED with high fructose corn syrup, corn syrup etc...

    I see them coming

  • <—Doesn'tTalkToStrangers

    Other cities have similar taxes

  • http://www.tiffanyinthecity.wordpress.com/ Tiffanyinthecity

    Good! These folks here are fat as hell with rotten teeth. All they do is drink soda from the Poppi stores.

  • Unita Lucinda “Lucy” Freebush

    I used irked as a kid. Am I telling on myself? ?

  • Unita Lucinda “Lucy” Freebush

    I thought it was and I thought it was old. ?

  • Unita Lucinda “Lucy” Freebush

    Everyone one knows the lottery is for kids and schools. ?...?

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    They can use the tax revenue toward health care.

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    He was too lazy to walk the dog so he put the dog on the treadmill?

    I never thought that laziness could be the genesis of inventions.

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    Drama queen!!!

  • ~~eb

    Chicago did this first.

  • Dr.Rue

    Philly isn't that big, they can simply go to the next city/county and get some soda tax free. Lol no biggie.

  • January Jones

    Yup all beverages with Sugar in them

  • Molly Church

    Yep., Sad Facts. It's all about money. Foods, Cable, Phones, etc. Once the publics Hooked. They can charge what they want & the People will Deal?

  • Traci404

    glad they are doing this.
    but lets get rid of GMO's and this fake Salmon and Meat.

  • Traci404

    site your source on that, I would like to research it further

  • Traci404

    I stopped drirking COLORED SUGAR WATER about 5 years ago.
    best thing I have done.
    it's a addictive, and bad for you. not worth the calories.

  • http://www.missjhaneuniverse.com Monday

    You can just google it. You'll find the website where each candidates has their lists of investors... It has been known in the news since last year that Mosanto put between 1 & 5 millions on Hillary's campaign.

  • TeeTee

    What will this tax money be used for tho?

  • TeeTee

    Whoa