Tuesday, May 12, 2009

NY Health Chief Pushes Soda Tax on YouTube... but Doesn't Target Mentos

We just discovered this... last fall, New York's chief health official Richard Daines took to YouTube to explain to citizens just how bad soda is for you. Using a few props and a basic camcorder, he studiously goes through he links between soda consumption and obesity - all to promote Governor Patterson's proposed "Soda Tax". The WSJ reports that, "the CBO has estimated that adding a tax of three cents per 12-ounce serving to these types of sweetened drinks would generate $24 billion over the next four years."

There's been more talk of this issue in the NY Senate recently... let's see if Dr. Daines video helps push the cause forward - already almost 70K views on YouTube:


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