Director's Corner

Last month in The BMJ, Graham Center Senior Scholar Dr. Douglas Kamerow wrote(tinyurl.com) a commentary on soda manufacturers’ response to taxes on sugar-sweetened beverages, which are becoming increasingly popular in states and cities as a method to discourage sugary soda consumption and improve community health. One of the soda companies’ strategies is to lobby for state laws against any taxes on groceries, appealing to the public in misleading advertising campaigns that such taxes are unfair to consumers. No one is proposing taxes on groceries in general, of course, but these deceptive campaigns have succeeded in several states.

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