San Francisco is getting into the debate over regulating sugary drinks.
The San Francisco Chronicle reports that a city supervisor is set to introduce a ballot measure that would levy a 2-cent-per-ounce tax on all sugar-sweetened beverages sold in the city.
A can of soda, for example, would cost 24 cents more. The money would be used to fund health and nutrition programs for city youth.
Similar soda tax measures have failed in the neighboring city of Richmond and the Los Angeles County city of El Monte.
City Supervisor Scott Wiener is proposing to put a measure on the ballot next November. S
upporters say the goal is to slow the growing rates of childhood obesity and diabetes, and this tactic might prove more practical than the route attempted by New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg.
A ban on the sale of sugary drinks in Gotham was blocked by a judge.