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Sugar-sweetened beverage tax bill introduced at RI State House

by Megan T. on Wednesday, February 20, 2013

State Representative Edie Ajello has introduced a bill that would impose a one-cent per ounce tax on sugar-sweetened beverages in Rhode Island.  Revenue collected from the tax would be deposited into a new "Prevention and Wellness Trust Fund" aimed at reducing rates of the most prevalent and preventable health conditions; increasing healthy behaviors; increasing the adoption of workplace-wellness programs; addressing health dispartities and, developing a stronger base of effective prevention programming in the Ocean State.

 

 

 

To view the full proposal click the following link:  http://webserver.rilin.state.ri.us/BillText/BillText13/HouseText13/H5228.pdf

Click here to view the AHA's new fact sheet "Decreasing Sugar-Sweetened Beverage Consumption: Policy Approaches to Address Obesity": http://www.heart.org/idc/groups/heart-public/@wcm/@adv/documents/downloadable/ucm_441212.pdf

What do you think of Rep. Ajello's proposal?

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