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Mexico’s Congress Approves Taxes On Sodas, Junk Food

“Aiming to curb unhealthy consumption habits, Mexico’s Congress on Thursday approved new taxes on sugary drinks and junk food,” and “President Enrique Peña Nieto is expected to sign the taxes into law in January,” the New York Times reports. “Almost 70 percent of Mexicans are overweight, and about a third are obese, according to the [WHO],” the newspaper adds, noting, “The foundation of New York City’s mayor, Michael R. Bloomberg, financed an ad campaign to support the so-called soda tax” (Villegas, 10/31).

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