One of the most successful public health interventions in recent years is the taxation of tobacco in order to fund programs that mitigate the harms to society caused by that product.  As we consider rising sugary drink consumption and its well-documented link to diabetes and obesity, there is a need for a similar intervention in the form of a beverage tax.  Beverage tax policies establish a tax or fee on sweetened beverages and use the funds to support nutrition and physical activity schools, as well as other critically-needed disease prevention efforts.  An increase in the price of sugary drinks will likely curb consumption and help to reverse current obesity and diabetes trends.

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