State lawmakers looking to tax sugary drinks

60% of children drink at least one sugary drink every day

BOSTON (WWLP) – Sugary drinks are the largest source of added sugar in our diets and continue to be consumed despite how much they hurt us. State lawmakers hope to change that with a beverage tax.

60% of children drink at least one sugary drink every day. The American Heart Association recommends only one per week.

State lawmakers are considering a bill that would add a tax to drinks with added sugar, including soda and sports drinks. Health experts say sugar-sweetened beverages can have harmful impacts on your child’s health, including type 2 diabetes, heart disease and obesity.

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The proposal would tax drinks based on sugar content. Buying a 20 ounce bottle of soda would cost you an added 40 cent tax. The tax revenue could raise an estimated $368 million dollars for the state which lawmakers hope to put toward ensuring you have clean drinking water in your community.

State Senator Jason Lewis, (D) Winchester, told 22News, “This will improve health, lower the rate of preventable chronic diseases, and reduce healthcare costs overtime.”

Supporters hope the tax will encourage families to replace sugary drinks with water.

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