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San Francisco, California voters passed a controversial soda tax on sugary soft drinks yesterday.

Similar measures in Oakland, California and Boulder, Colorado also passed after ballots were counted early Wednesday.

Albany, CA already has a soda tax.

The soda tax will add up to 2-cents per ounce of soda in bottles or cans.

An average can of carbonated soda holds 31 fluid ounces. An average bottle of soda holds 16 fluid ounces. A can of soda can cost up to 62 cents more based on the soda tax.

One soda can contains as much as 8 teaspoons of sugar (about 39 grams).

The measure was hotly contested by soft drink manufacturers Coca Cola and Pepsi whose $100 billion in profits is in jeopardy because sales of their products have fallen off over the years.

$50 million was spent to either pass or defeat the soda tax in California.

Opponents of the soda tax say it will hit low income families hardest.

But health advocates have warned for years that sugary beverages leads to obesity, diabetes and tooth decay, especially among the poor.

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  • Rayne

    Ion drink pop. No effect on me.

  • missarewa

    I'm here for it. It would even be better if the extra tax went to fund medical research.

  • Readytochokemothernatureonout

    Bigger fish to worry about....

  • Libra80sBaby

    Why was this some chit to vote for???

  • Buttercup

    Meh, people will find a way to pay for coke just some found a way to pay for the hike in cancer sticks.

  • Melissaisasnob

    Good. I wish sodas fall to the wayside. When I go back home, so many of my people drink soda or juice drink (not real juice) all day long. Then cry about being fat. You would think plain water was poison. They could buy Spring Water for how much they pay for soda all day.

  • B.Sweet has e-white privilege

    An average can of carbonated soda holds 31 fluid ounces. An average bottle of soda holds 16 fluid ounces.
    This doesn't seem right. Cans are 16 ounces aren't they?

  • Melissaisasnob

    And the hike in fuel instead of opting for a more economical car.

  • B.Sweet has e-white privilege

    All you have to do is drive to another city, load up and come back home.

  • Melissaisasnob

    There is irony there in San Francisco. They run to Starbucks like no one's business. Starbucks use so much syrup, it ain't funny.

  • Gamer?? Chick

    Dumb shyt!

  • Melissaisasnob

    I thought the cans were 12 ounces and the plastic bottles 16.

  • Soda

    I read it again and again and it still didn't make sense.

  • alissonraw

    These things expose how Americans keep voting for a nanny state. Is that money strictly for the health costs associated with a high sugar diet? If not, it doesn't even attempt to solve the problem caused by the voluntary purchase and consumption of these beverages.

  • LibraGirlonly

    Don't drink it and that solves the problem.

  • Melissaisasnob

    You know they will find a loophole to use the money for something else that has nothing to do with what it was originally intended for and then cry foul when confronted.

  • Buttercup

    It's not that simple in that area. By the time you spend money on fuel to get to a place that doesn't have the added tax, you would've been better off just paying the tax.

  • Melissaisasnob

    That's easier said than done. A lot of people lack fortitude.

  • Keya #AndYouWillDeal

    I am a Pepsi drinker. I'll admit it. They already tax soda here....but just in the city. So out in the county where I live, it's not. #winning

  • Melissaisasnob

    It takes two hours to get out of there. They make the 101 go through the city in an attempt not to destroy the original quaintness. It's back up all the way to San Jose. They are squeezing anyone but the super rich out of the town center. Soon, there will be no one working in service because those same people cannot afford to live there.

  • Soda

    Here in California there was a vote to add a $2 tax to a pack of cigarettes under the guise that smoking is a health risk, the money will go toward smokers' health care, blah blah bull chit, have you any wool to pull over our eyes? Anything to get more money. What next, a tax on Twinkies & Ding Dongs in an effort to fight obesity?

  • B.Sweet has e-white privilege

    I haven't drank a soda in a very long time but I know a can isn't 31oz. lol

  • B.Sweet has e-white privilege

    Your name is Soda so you should know. lol

  • Soda

    Lol, I should be ashamed!

  • B.Sweet has e-white privilege

    There will be people who go get it in large quantities and bring it back to sell to people around them. I recall the same thing happening with cigarette. People from up north would drive down here buy cigarettes and then go back home.

  • B.Sweet has e-white privilege

    Someone will figure out how to make it happen.

  • Milani

    NEW POST - Kamala Harris.

  • PettyEyezPrime

    But health advocates have warned for years that sugary beverages leads to obesity, diabetes and tooth decay, especially among the poor.
    THIS IS LIE. It affecting yts. Why they are imposing taxes. Nothing is a problem in ameriKKKa until its are affected. #ISAIDWHATISAID!

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  • TransHuman

    I don't drink that stuff anymore its awful

  • nucynu25

    You would think plain water was poison- Flint, Michigan

  • Melissaisasnob

    For the price of soda, they can buy bottled spring water. Not excusing Flint, however.

  • Zeta Phi Beta 1920

    "Opponents of the soda tax say it will hit low income families hardest"
    Soda is a luxury. Not a necessity.
    Drink clean water.

  • Prettybootnikki

    They are 12. I just looked at one on my desk

  • bemetoo

    Won't bother me or my household we don't drink soda

  • CapricornIce

    I love an occasional cherry Pepsi.

  • Lisa daniels

    Just greedy.

  • Lisa daniels

    Just greedy.

  • Lisa daniels

    Dies slowy

  • Lisa daniels

    Dies slowy

  • Fendi aka Erin Blockabitch

    I'm glad I don't live in S.F.

    It's bad enough we have to pay for grocery bags. It doesn't matter how much you spend on groceries and how often you spend it. Unless a manager at the grocery store rings me up, I'm charged for grocery bags.

    The nonsense we pay for in CA is just...

  • Fendi aka Erin Blockabitch

    And that law passed last night.

  • Fendi aka Erin Blockabitch

    Soda cans are 12 oz.

  • Hmmm~?

    How is it going to affect low income families the most? They can and need to be drinking some damn water. Soda is poison.

  • Alicia.Ashe

    I'm trying to be better health wise so. I'm trying to cut out soda and energy drinks. I'll have a taste if I crave it, but I'm sticking to water.

  • Taylordanes

    Don't drink Soda and never will

  • Wuts got Petty Davis Eyes..

    When they start taxing condoms like that..let me know Ill be in the protest line lke this

  • SaltineCrackers

    How much do they charge for the grocery bags?

  • Fendi aka Erin Blockabitch

    10¢ each.

  • Queen B

    I don't drink sodas at all....i might have a sprite 1x/3 months ?

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