Media Advisory: State Health Commissioner to go Head to Head With Opponent of Sugary Beverage Tax

On Tuesday, March 23, at 9 a.m. in New York City, State Health Commissioner Dr. Richard F. Daines will engage in a debate on the merits of a penny-per-ounce tax on beverages containing added sugar, a budget proposal currently before the State Legislature.

Dr. Daines, who is leading the charge to implement the tax as a means of reducing obesity rates and protecting funding for health care, will be opposed by J. Justin Wilson, a senior analyst with the Center for Consumer Freedom, an organization supported by restaurants, food companies, and individuals.

WHO: NYS Health Commissioner Richard F. Daines, M.D. and J. Justin Wilson, Senior Analyst, Center for Consumer Freedom

WHAT: News media are invited to observe and ask their own questions of Dr. Daines and Justin Wilson as they engage in a debate/discussion for and against a proposed penny-per-ounce tax on soda and other sugary beverages. The tax, which is supported by all major public health and health care organizations in the state, is expected to reduce obesity by decreasing consumption of these high-calorie beverages by up to 15 percent. The tax would generate $1 billion a year in funding for public health and health care, preventing additional cuts to these services that will be required without this revenue.

WHERE: Puck Building of NYU Wagner School, 295 Lafayette St., 2nd Floor (Lafayette at Houston), New York, NY 10012

WHEN: Tuesday, March 23, at 9 a.m.