Efforts to fight obesity via government regulation of unhealthy foods and drinks have faced stiff resistance in other parts of the country.
In November, Berkeley residents will vote on a soda tax, Reuters reports.
The Berkeley City Council voted on Tuesday to add the measure to the city’s ballot.
“When we pass this measure in November, Berkeley will be the first in the country where such a measure has been passed,” noted Vicki Alexander, the co-chairwoman of a pro-soda tax group, according to Reuters. “We are very excited to see that day happen.”
The measure is the latest in a series of efforts to combat obesity in the United States via government regulation of unhealthy foods and drinks.
Although Berkeley is know for its liberal residents, efforts to fight obesity in this manner have faced stiff resistance in other parts of the country.
At the end of June, for example, New York’s highest court decided against reinstating the Big Apple’s ban on the sale of 16-ounce or larger sodas, saying that NYC’s health department did not have the authority to implement former Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s soda ban.