The Olympia Newswire continues its coverage of a proposed Washington state soda tax with an analysis of how efforts in this state join initiatives in other states and cities around the country to tax sugar-sweetened beverages.
Vic Colman, staff for Washington state's Childhood Obesity Prevention Coalition, funded by the Children's Alliance, compares the current struggle with the soda industry to a previous fight to tax tobacco:
“We’re on the cutting edge. We’re on the cusp of the same arc we were on 10 years ago with the tobacco tax. Where people said you’ll never get that, industry is too strong.”