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Mexico Considers Soda Pop Tax

dateline: 29 October 2013

Pre-Listening Vocabulary

  • soft drink: a sugary beverage made with carbonated water and syrup
  • federal: related to the whole nation
  • obesity: the state of being overweight
  • carbonated: containing carbon dioxide
  • UN: United Nations

Mexico Considers Soda Pop Tax

A tax on soft drinks is being considered in Mexico’s Congress as the government plans the 2014 federal budget. Mexicans are the consumers of soda pop, and according to recent health surveys, a third of Mexicans are . The Mexican government thinks the tax will reduce soft drink consumption, and have a direct effect on the health of people. Those who support the tax believe it will reduce childhood obesity and lower the nation’s rate of diabetes. Many Mexicans, saying the tax will not prevent them from buying carbonated beverages. The UN estimates that families in Mexico spend about three times as much on carbonated beverages as on milk.

Comprehension Questions

  1. What is currently being debated in Mexico?
  2. According to this report, how do many Mexicans feel about this proposed tax?
  3. Why does the report mention milk?

Discussion Question: Is taxing unhealthy food or substances a good way to improve the health of citizens? Why or why not?

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Written by Tara Benwell for EnglishClub
Tara Benwell is a Canadian freelance writer and editor who specializes in materials and articles for the ELT industry.

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