Philadelphia is 1st major American city with soda tax

June 17, 2016 12:08 AM

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PHILADELPHIA — Philadelphia became the first major American city with a soda tax on Thursday despite a multimillion-dollar campaign by the beverage industry to block it.

The City Council gave final approval to a 1.5 cent-per-ounce tax on sugary and diet beverages. The tax is set to take effect Jan. 1.

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