04 Apr '11, 11pm

Mimicking Big Tobacco, Big Soda blows smoke in Philadelphia

Mimicking Big Tobacco, Big Soda blows smoke in Philadelphia

Big Soda can blow smoke with the best of 'em. Coke image: Andrew Atkinson For years now, numerous commentators (myself included) have made comparisons of the food industry with Big Tobacco. The most recent example should become the poster child for how the most egregious tactics of tobacco companies are alive and well. Last month came the announcement that the American Beverage Association (the lobbying arm of soft drink companies) was donating $10 million to the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia . Why Philadelphia? Could a proposal to place a tax on soft drinks have anything to do with it? Here's how the Philadelphia Inquirer explains it: When City Council was considering a soda tax last spring, doctors from the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia testified about the dangers of sugar-sweetened drinks. On Wednesday, the hospital announced that it would expand its obesity...

Full article: http://www.grist.org/scary-food/2011-04-04-mimicking-big-...

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