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A healthy tax plan

A healthy tax plan

Americans are consuming far too many sugary drinks that contribute to rising obesity and diabetes rates. The latest weapon in the public health arsenal to combat the problem — taxing them — deserves more serious consideration in Maryland.

Earlier this month, voters in five cities approved special taxes on sugary drinks — a category that includes not just the usual carbonated suspects such as Coke and Pepsi but also certain sports beverages and bottled teas. That brings to at least seven the number of U.S. municipalities with some form of per-ounce tax on sweetened drinks.

It's not just a matter of revenue for cash-strapped local governments but an effort to...