Soda tax advocates are taking a lesson from tobacco taxes. The first cigarette taxes proposed years ago failed, but ultimately became accepted by voters and legislators. The beverage industry can “tell the tide is turning” says one advocate.
Lisa Aliferis is the founding editor of KQED's State of Health blog. Since 2011, she's been writing stories and editing them for the site. Before taking up blogging, she toiled for many years producing health stories for television, including Dateline NBC and San Francisco's CBS affiliate, KPIX-TV. She also wrote up a handy guide to the Affordable Care Act, especially for Californians. You can follow her on Twitter: @laliferis