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93. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Mar 28, 2013, 15:49 Verno
 
And yeah, I'd prefer a junk food tax. Obesity related diseases are now the number one killer and the number one healthcare cost in this country. It's been proven that they are addictive, just like tobacco. And just like tobacco, they need to have their advertising restricted, and their price adjusted through taxation. Not banned, but adjusted so that their consumption can be discouraged and their price can reflect their cost to society.

Sure, junk food taxes just make sense too. Why should my tax dollars support every fatso and smoker out there? I'm ok with taxation in general but when people consciously make poor choices they should pay the burden. Unfortunately you're going to have a lot more trouble getting traction on restricting food than smoking. Maybe on a state level or something, I just don't see it happening federally.

Something that would go a long way toward helping would be more sensible price levels for fresh food. Right now you can eat like a fat king on nothing if you buy processed and premade food while eating fresh food is several times more expensive. That needs to change but I'm not even sure where the problem lies - food source/supply, logistics, taxation, who knows.
 
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