For Monday, February 4, 2013
POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Feb 04, 2013
~~<p><strong>Tax on sugary soda is win-win situation</strong><br />
Tax on sugary soda is win-win situation A tax on soda makes perfect sense, as a way to bolster our state's finances while reducing childhood obesity. Win, win. In response to Thomas Rea's letter, in which he decries the proposed tax ("Sugary drink tax yet more taxation," Star-Advertiser, Jan. 29), his stance is understandable. I assume that as owner of Kaimana Pantry, he has a direct stake in soft drink sales. Yes, higher taxes do produce higher retail prices — and thus discourage consumption. Isn't that to be desired, given our national obesity epidemic? Today, says the National Soft Drink Association, males between 12 and 29, consume an average of a half-gallon a day. Scary! Look at the example of cigarettes: Consumption has declined dramatically since federal taxes were raised to $1.01 per pack from 39 cents. As for Hawaii's existing 5-cent deposit fee on bottles and cans, which Mr. Rea decries, undeniably, it has helped de-litter our landscapes. Christopher "Kit" Smith Hawaii Kai How to write us The Star-Advertiser welcomes letters that are crisp and to the point (~150 words). The Star-Advertiser reserves the right to edit letters for clarity and length. Please direct comments to the issues; personal attacks will not be published. Letters must be signed and include a daytime telephone number.
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