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Philadelphia's soda tax offers lessons for Cook County

Philadelphia's soda tax offers lessons for Cook County

Klein's Supermarket, a family-owned grocery store near the iconic Rocky steps at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, doesn't sell as many sweet fizzy drinks as it once did.

Since the City of Brotherly Love's so-called soda tax went into effect Jan. 1, sales of affected beverages are down about 60 percent at the store, said co-owner Steve Klein. Like Cook County's penny-per-ounce tax, Philadelphia's measure applies to thousands of sugar- and artificially sweetened beverages, but at an even higher rate of 1.5 cents per ounce.

"Once it passed and people saw the price, some people would just leave their drinks at the register and say 'Forget it. I'm not going to pay...

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