On October 11, 2017, the Cook County Board of Commissioners voted 15-2 to repeal the County’s sweetened beverage tax. Critical Cook County services and the health of our children lost to Big Soda’s multi-million dollar campaign to protect its profits. That means diseases linked to sugary drink consumption, like type 2 diabetes, heart disease and obesity will continue to plague our county. The repeal of the sweetened beverage tax is a bad deal for County residents, as taxpayers will continue to cover the rising costs of treating the chronic diseases caused by drinking too many sugary beverages while also seeing cuts to healthcare services for our most vulnerable communities.
Our hope is that people who stopped or cut back on their consumption of too many sweetened drinks because of the tax, or because of what they learned about sugar and disease, will stay the course and continue to make better, healthier choices. We will remain vigilant in our support of policies that can improve the health and well-being of our communities, families and children; and we will continue to educate people about the chronic diseases caused by too much sugar.