Soon There Will Be Pizza Tax and Soda Tax Along With Cigar Tax and Casino Tax
This is not the ordinary VAT (Value Added Tax), this is another special high tax used to force people get rid of non healthy products and lifestyles. Like we have known, governments in the world used to set up a high tax to cigarette and casino, and soon this scope will expand to our national favorite fast food: the pizza and soda.
Pizza clocks in at about 300 calories for single plain slice, according to CalorieKing. And it will get even higher if you add meat-based toppings to it such as peperoni. A study published by American Medical Association's Archives of Internal Medicine concludes that if pizza and soda were more expensive, people would consume them less frequently. The researchers found out that pizza's real price (versus inflation) fell over time, while the price of healthier foods such as whole milk rose over the 20-year period reviewed in their study.
This condition will make people consume more unhealthy but cheap foods versus the healthy but expensive foods. The study said that tacking an 18% tax onto pizza and soda would reduce American's intake of calories, which would in turn reduce our health care costs by an astounding $147 billion a year.
"Our findings suggest that national, state or local policies to alter the price of less healthful foods and beverages may be one possible mechanism for steering U.S. adults toward a more healthful diet," the authors write. "While such policies will not solve the obesity epidemic in its entirety and may face considerable opposition from food manufacturers and sellers, they could prove an important strategy to address overconsumption, help reduce energy intake and potentially aid in weight loss and reduced rates of diabetes among U.S. adults."
This study may be right as making something more expensive discourages people from doing it. The tax collected from the unhealthy foods can be used in various health department including but not limited to subsidize the healthy foods and promote healthy life. The same idea was used in cigar tax and casino tax too. For years, smoking rates declined as cigarette taxes skyrocketed
PRO AND CONTRA ON PIZZA TAX AND SODA TAX
Pizza sellers ask: Why Pick on Us? Some pizza chains seem puzzled as to why their product specifically is under fire from anti-obesity activists. "Pizza is completely customizable -- you can make it as healthy or as indulgent as you want," says Tim McIntyre, vice president for communications at Domino's Pizza Inc. (DPZ), in an email statement. "It's the consumer's choice. Blaming certain foods [for] obesity is a stretch, to say the least. An 18% tax increase on pizza and soda would be devastating to the industry, which counts on soda sales to boost its profits, says Jennifer Litz, editor of Pizza Marketplace, an industry Web site." Sallie James, a policy analyst at the libertarian Cato Institute, denounces these types of proposals as paternalistic. "It's no one's business what anybody puts in their mouths," she says in an interview. "I suspect some lawmakers are attracted to it for a revenue source."
The idea of promoting good healthy foods whilst setting apart the unhealthy foods makes a point, to reduce the obesity problem and reduce medical expenses for the overweight which had accounted 9.1% of total U.S. medical expenditures in 1998 and the budget may have skyrocketed to %78.5 billion, according to the CDC.
This idea is gaining more popularity. Anti-obesity soda taxes are being discussed in New York and Philadelphia. There is even talk of a levy at the federal level. Both the CDC and the American Heart Association support soda taxes.
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