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Sugar drink tax won't help

Sugar drink tax won't help

The Baltimore Sun's recent editorial regarding taxing sugary drinks ("A healthy tax plan," Nov. 28) buys into the flawed argument that common grocery items like sweetened teas, sports drinks and sodas are driving obesity and that slapping consumers with a tax will reduce consumption and improve health.

Certainly, there is real concern about sugar consumption and obesity, but to single out one industry is unfair and simply wrong. The reality is that taxing common grocery items has never been shown to improve public health. West Virginia, Arkansas and Chicago have had soda...