The WHO has officially lent its support to countries who have already taxed sugary goods, including Mexico and Hungary, and South Africa will introduce its tax on soda in 2017. But those are mere drops of cola in the Big Gulp of chronic disease caused by sugar -- in supporting sugar taxes for the first time ever, the WHO hopes to convince bigger nations to curb the global obesity and diabetes epidemics. Looking at you, USA.
But I don't want THE GOVERNMENT telling me I can't quench my thirst with carbonated sugar water!
Don't worry, you can still drink soda! Youll just have to pay a little more to do it -- as with any public health concern, it's a question of paying a little now, or paying a LOT later. Consider cigarettes: everyone could buy dirt-cheap cigs back in the day, and that led to fun stuff like lung cancer, heart attacks, and other nasty long-term diseases.