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Philadelphia is awash in political ads for and against a tax proposed by its mayor that’s up for a vote in June. San Francisco is poised to get a ballot initiative approved for November. Oakland, California will vote on a tax this year in November, despite some last-minute lobbying, and Boulder, Colorado is looking to have a measure put on the ballot in November, as well.

That puts the soda industry at odds in an unprecedented number of communities and validates efforts by public health groups to show that their soda tax has support beyond ultra-progressive pockets such as Berkeley, California. The scuffle over soda taxes comes as Americans are consuming fewer sugary drinks amid growing concern over their impact on health, particularly Type 2 diabetes and obesity.

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