Sugary drink taxes approved in San Francisco, Oakland and Albany

FILE - This Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014, file photo, shows soft drinks for sale at K & D Market in San Francisco. San Francisco officials are deciding whether to impose a warning on ads for soda pop. Supporters and opponents say San Francisco would be the first place in the country to require warnings on ads for soda, which is linked to rotting teeth and obesity. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Measures to tax soda and other sugary drinks have been approved by wide margins in the Northern California cities of San Francisco, Oakland and Albany.

The measures, approved Tuesday, levy a penny-per-ounce tax on sweetened drinks.

Backers say the taxes will curb consumption of drinks that contribute to diabetes and other serious health problems.

Opponents say the taxes are regressive and will hurt working families and businesses.

The taxes will apply to regular soda, sweetened tea and sports drinks with sugar. They won’t apply to diet sodas or naturally sweetened drinks.

The measures in San Francisco and Oakland had about 62 percent of the vote while the measure in Albany won with about 71 percent.

This was San Francisco’s second try at a soda tax.

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