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What’s Really Inside A Twinkie Tax?

The Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel repeats the ridiculous idea of a “Twinkie tax” as a way to pay for national campaigns designed to promote healthier lifestyles. We remind you that this is nothing more than the food police’s repackaging of a bad idea. The real thinking behind the “Twinkie tax,” as expressed by Yale Professor and Center for Science in the Public Interest board member Kelley Brownell who first proposed the tax, is not to use the tax to fund “healthful alternatives” as is currently being argued, but to sharply increase the cost of high-calorie foods so they will be priced out of reach.

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