Editorial Board

Soda Tax Bubbles Up

Using tax policy to discourage consumption of sugary drinks is based on a sound and well-established economic principle: Tax the bad stuff.

Empty calories.

Photographer: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg

Is it smart to impose a sin tax on soda? Many Americans hate the idea, considering it an imposition on personal freedom. Congress, likewise, won't go near it anytime soon. But it's been recommended -- for good reason -- by the panel of doctors and public-health experts who help define U.S. dietary standards. And it deserves a try -- ideally by city and state governments.

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