It's the most explosive moment for the soda industry since the Diet Coke and Mentos experiment. Some leading health experts are calling for a sin tax on the sugarly beverages Americans drink, like it's going out of style. They say that a tax of one percent per ounce on soft drinks sweetened with sugar, could be a main resource of revenue for health care reform, pulling in nearly 15 billion dollars a year. It may also be a way to combat obesity. UCLA researchers found that people who drink soda are 27 times more likely to be overweight. A regular daily soda drinker can consume, get this, 39 pounds of sugar a year just from those drinks, gulp! President Obama thinks the tax is an idea worth exploring. And some lawmakers say taxes on cigarettes have reduced smoking and raised revenues. Without a doubt the idea is bubling up in Washington, and it could soon give soda companies some major gas pains.
'sin' tax - A popular term for any tax levied on 'pleasure poisons' – eg, alcohol, tobacco. （THE FREE DICTIONARYより）
sin tax は、英辞郎 on the Web には、「罪悪税」とありました。でも、炭酸飲料を飲むことは、いくら太るからといっても、個人が後ろめたく感じるべきことではないですよね。最近はカロリーゼロの炭酸飲料も増えているので、太りたくない人は、そういうのを飲めばいいと思いますが・・・。