Small Soda Tax Doesn't Dent Obesity

ATLANTA (AP) - A new study shows small taxes on soda do little to reduce soft drink consumption or prevent childhood obesity.

The study is based on a 2004 health survey of children. It found that soda taxes, averaging about 4 cents on the dollar, didn't make much difference in consumption except among low-income children.

Even so, researchers believe larger taxes would make a difference. Currently, about 30 states have soda taxes.

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