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Saturday, December 27, 2008

Health commissioner:
Obesity tax could be 'win-win'
By Nathan McDonald
The Palladium-Times
One of Gov. David Paterson's more controversial items in his proposed budget is an 18 percent tax on non-diet sodas and juices comprised of less than 70 percent juice. However, both the governor and public health officials believe the tax will be beneficial not only to New Yorkers' health, but their pocketbooks as well.

When he introduced the proposal, Gov. Paterson cited curbing childhood obesity as the catalyst behind the tax. Most health professionals agree that the state and the nation face an obesity epidemic. Read on..

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