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Sugary drink regulation: Tax instead of ban, says Chicago alderman

Sugary drink regulation: Tax instead of ban, says Chicago alderman

By John Glynn

George Cardenas, 12th Ward alderman for the City of Chicago, says a sweeping city ban on sugary drinks would be ineffective. Instead, a tax on sugary drinks should be imposed to counteract the rise in cost to treat citizens with sugar-related illnesses, such as diabetes and obesity, and to funnel additional financial resources into health education.

Cardenas was one of three panelists who spoke during the Feb. 6 panel, “They’ll Take My Big Gulp from My Cold, Dead Hands – Public Health, the Police Power and the Nanny State” at the 2014 ABA Midyear Meeting in Chicago.

The program was sponsored by the ABA Section of State and Local Government Law.

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