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New study finds soda tax has very little impact on soda consumption

Soda tax is another baseless, utopian, “Nanny-State” scheme of the Left.

Like other Democrat-controlled cities, in the name of public health, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, implemented an excise tax ($ 0.015/ounce) on sugar-sweetened and diet beverages in January 2017.

A team of five researchers at the Dornsife School of Public Health, Drexel University, Philadelphia, undertook a study on whether the soda tax led to changes in consumption a year after. They found, alas, that “there was no major overall impact of the tax on general population-level consumption of sugar-sweetened or diet beverages, or bottled water.”

The researchers Yichen Zhong, Amy H. Auchincloss, Brian K. Lee, Ryan M. McKenna, and Brent A. Langellier published their findings in “Sugar-Sweetened and Diet Beverage Consumption in Philadelphia One Year after the Beverage Tax,” in the journal Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 202017(4), 1336.

Sample: The study conducted a random-digit-dialing landline and cell phone survey between December 2016 and February 2017 of residents aged 18–64 who lived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (“Philly group”) and nearby comparison cities (Trenton, New Jersey; Camden, New Jersey; and Wilmington, Delaware, “non-Philly group”) A total of 863 participants (N = 479 in the Philly group and N = 384 in the non-Philly group) responded to the follow-up survey (33% retention). Participants were paid $20 at follow-up but were not paid at baseline.

Measures: The survey collected age, sex, race, education, income, height, weight, health status, smoking, and alcohol use. Self-reported bottled water and consumption of sugar-sweetened and diet beverages (SSDB), including regular soda, regular fruit beverage, regular energy beverage, diet soda, diet fruit beverage, and diet energy beverage, were measured.

Results:

  • “No significant changes” were found in SSDB consumption over time between the Philly and non-Philly groups.
  • Although a slightly higher proportion of Philly participants decreased their monthly SSB consumption and a slightly lower proportion increased their monthly SSB consumption, the majority of the participants (around 80% in both groups) did not change daily consumption of SSBs. After covariates adjustment, there were no differences between Philly and non-Philly in within-person change in consumption regardless of the type of beverage or operationalization (daily, continuous ounces, continuous frequency of consumption).

Although the researchers admitted that the results are based on a relatively small sample, and that the sample was slightly older and had higher median income, nevertheless the sample was roughly comparable to the general Philadelphia population on other census characteristics. Furthermore, the prevalence of SSB consumption in the study’s sample (e.g., 24% daily SSB consumption and 11% daily soda consumption) roughly aligned with the prevalence of SSBs reported in other population-based samples within Philadelphia.

Conclusions: 

Limitations notwithstanding, this study is among the first to suggest that the impact of the tax on consumption may have been more modest than anticipated. Reasons for a modest impact may be the continued low price of SSB relative to healthier beverages (such as milk and 100% vegetable juice), high availability, aggressive marketing [9,10,11,42], as well as tax avoidance (purchasing SSB from retailers within Philadelphia who chose to not raise the price of SSB or purchasing from retailers outside of Philadelphia). Taken in context with other studies, it is important to conduct further research to understand the full effects of the tax on consumption, including research in larger population-based samples across multiple cities, as well as, among high-risk sub-populations. The Philadelphia beverage tax proposal was introduced with the explicit goal of generating revenue by taxing a luxury/non-essential item that could be used to finance universal pre-kindergarten programs and improvements to parks and recreation facilities [15]. Future studies could also examine whether health benefits are detectable from these health-promoting investments.

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Tyranny of the Omnipotent Moral Busybodies

“Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It would be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron’s cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience.”
~ C. S. Lewis

I am often amazed to see that whatever we are facing, the “Inklings” (Lewis, Tolkien & friends) have been there first.

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Nanny mayor forces moms to breastfeed

He’s pro-abortion, pro-amnesty for illegal aliens, and pro-gun control. He enacted an Agenda21-like plan called PlaNYC: A Greener, Greater New York “to fight global warming and protect the environment.” He’s extended a smoking ban to all commercial buildings. He’s banned trans fats.
Now the nosy mayor of New York, Michael Bloomberg, wants the city’s hospitals to lock up infant formula so as to force more mothers to breastfeed their newborn babies.

Mary Kay Linge reports for the New York Post, July 29, 2012, that starting Sept. 3, New York city will keep tabs on the number of bottles that participating hospitals stock and use — the most restrictive pro-breast-milk program in the nation.
Under the city Health Department’s voluntary Latch On NYC initiative, 27 of the city’s 40 hospitals have also agreed to give up swag bags sporting formula-company logos, toss out formula-branded tchotchkes like lanyards and mugs, and document a medical reason for every bottle that a newborn receives.

While breast-feeding activists applaud the move, bottle-feeding moms are bristling at the latest lactation lecture. “If they put pressure on me, I would get annoyed,” said Lynn Sidnam, a Staten Island mother of two formula-fed girls, ages 4 months and 9 years. “It’s for me to choose.”
Under Latch On NYC, new mothers who want formula won’t be denied it, but hospitals will keep infant formula in out-of-the-way secure storerooms or in locked boxes like those used to dispense and track medications. With each bottle a mother requests and receives, she’ll also get a talking-to. Staffers will explain why she should offer the breast instead.
“It’s the patient’s choice,” said Allison Walsh, of Beth Israel Medical Center. “But it’s our job to educate them on the best option.”
Lisa Paladino, of Staten Island University Hospital, said: “The key to getting more moms to breast-feed is making the formula less accessible. This way, the RN has to sign out the formula like any other medication. The nurse’s aide can’t just go grab another bottle.”
Some of the hospitals already operate under the formula lockdown. “New York City is definitely ahead of the curve,” said Eileen DiFrisco, of NYU Langone Medical Center, where the breast-feeding rate has surged from 39 to 68% under the program.
Breast-feeding in the first weeks gives a baby a critical healthy start, many medical experts say. It helps the digestive system develop and protects the baby with the mother’s immunities. Nursing also helps the mother recover from childbirth.
But not everyone is convinced. “They make formula for a reason, and the FDA makes sure it’s safe,” said Roxanne Schmidt, whose 14-month-old twins were fed with formula from birth. “Locking it up is just wrong.”
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That isn’t the point, is it?
It’s not about whether breast milk is better than infant formula. The crux of the issue is whether THE GOVERNMENT gets to play “Big Nanny Brother Knows Best” to force us to do what’s supposedly in our best interest.
Truly, the Left are pretentious know-it-all elites who have a high opinion of themselves and utter contempt for the people — we whom Katie Couric, in a moment of candor, calls the “great unwashed.”
H/t FOTM’s beloved moxielouise, who sent this news tip with a perfect quip: “I guess he wants to get babies used to the idea of being ‘on the teat’ for the future….”
~Eowyn
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*Really* extended breastfeeding

This week’s Time magazine cover is causing quite a stir.
It features Jamie Lynne Grumet, a 26-year-old woman breastfeeding her three-year-old son. Grumet was one of four mothers photographed by Time for a cover story on “attachment parenting,” an approach — outlined in Dr. Bill Sears’ 1992 The Baby Book — which recommends extended breast-feeding, co-sleeping and “baby wearing.”
Grumet is saying she will continue to breastfeed her son until he’s five.

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Frankly, I don’t know why people are making such a big fuss about Grumet or the Time cover.
After all, full-grown American men and women — in their 20s, 30s, 40s, 50s, 60s, and even 70s — have been engaged in “extended breastfeeding” for years now.

H/t our Miss May!
~Eowyn

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Nanny State = King County, WA

Here in King County, Washington, the liberals never met a regulation they didn’t like.  Add to the list this little gem:

King County requires life jackets five feet from rivers’ shore

The King County Council passed an ordinance Monday requiring anyone in one of the county’s major rivers to wear a life jacket. A swimmer, wader, boater, or floater caught in water more than four feet deep or five feet from shore without a life jacket faces a $86 fine.

Councilmember Kathy Lambert told 97.3 KIRO FM’s Dori Monson Show she voted ‘No’ on the ordinance because “this is a kind of nanny state decision again. Nobody disagrees we want to be safe when they’re swimming and we don’t want to lose lives. Everybody agrees with that. I feel like there are councilmembers that want to be everybody’s mother,” she said.

Lambert explained that the ordinance was created because of the 200 percent increase in snowpack, which could mean higher than normal river flows this summer. Rather than pass an ordinance, Lambert suggested educating county residents. “I believe the citizens of King County are smart enough that if we educate and tell them about these things, they will make the prudent decisions.”

Technically, Lambert said you can get a ticket for standing in ankle-deep water six feet from shore.

Yes, a fisherman that walks out into knee-deep water six feet from shore must now wear a life jacket along with his waders.  No wonder Washington State ranks 40 on the Freedom Scale.

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