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Soda Taxes Can Protect Health in Asia

As makers of sugary drinks look to the East for growth, governments have an opportunity.

Ripe for a sin tax.

Photographer: Sanjit Das/Bloomberg

There are many, many more Asians than there are Americans, but a far smaller share of them have enjoyed a refreshing cola lately. Global soft-drink makers view this as an opportunity to hook new customers. For Asian governments, it’s a public health challenge -- one they can meet by levying soda taxes.

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