The soda tax issue gained national prominence when the prestigious The New England Journal of Medicine
printed the article "Ounces of Prevention -- The Public Policy for Taxes on Sugared Beverages," in the April 30, 2009 issue by authors Kelly D. Brownell and Thomas R. Frieden
who proposed an excise tax on soda pop and other sweet drinks.
Dr. Frieden is the health commissioner for the City of New York.
According to Brownell and Frieden
, 40 states have sales taxes on sugared beverages and snack foods, but the revenues generated are small and are not channeled into health care.
Brownell, Kelly D. and Thomas R. Frieden