Philadelphia becomes the first major city to impose a soda tax. (Photo: iStock)

Despite all the attention that New York City has received for its anti-soda initiatives, it is Philadelphia that became the first major U.S. city to approve a tax on sugary drinks.

Backed by Mayor Jim Kenney and approved by the City Council on a 13-4 vote, the measure will impose a 1.5 cent per ounce tax on any bottled, canned or fountain beverage with added sugar or artificial sweetener, with a few notable exceptions that include baby formula or any drink that is more than half milk.

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