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The American Medical Association (AMA) has declined to take a position on supporting taxes on sugar-sweetened soft drinks.

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The AMA's House of Delegates this week held its annual meeting, during which it debated the idea of supporting state and local taxation of "beverages with added sweeteners" as a way of combating obesity.

The issue has been rolling on for some time in the US. So far this year, the idea of levying an additional tax on sweetened soft drinks has been discussed in 12 US states, including Vermont, Texas, Hawaii, Tennessee, Utah, Indiana, Vermont, Rhode Island, New York, Oregon and California.

The AMA's position on the matter has been seen as important due to its potential influence on state policies.

However, a source close to the situation confirmed to just-drinks today (24 June) that the AMA stepped back from a decision this week. The body decided to refer the item, meaning it will be discussed again at a later date.

"Since the resolution was referred, the AMA has not taken a position on the soda tax, and does not have policy on a soda tax," the source said.

A spokesperson for the AMA declined to comment.


Sectors: Soft drinks, Water

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