Residents in Oakland, California have bought fewer sugary beverages since a local soda tax went into effect, says a study from UC San Francisco. The study also found savings in health care costs and compared them to other public health policies.
Two years since Seattle introduced its sugar-sweetened beverage tax, new research indicates that the 1.75-cent per ounce tax has significantly curbed sales of soda, juice, and other sugar-sweetened drinks.
A meta-analysis has found that a 10% tax on sugar-sweetened beverages (SSBs) has cut down purchases and consumption by an average of 10% in places where a tax has been introduced, according to researchers from the University of Otago in Wellington, New...
Oregon looks set to reject Measure 103 – which would institute a pre-emptive ban on new soda taxes; while voters in Washington appear likely to approve a similar measure (I-1634), based on the latest results from yesterday’s midterm elections.
Hawaiian governor Neil Abercrombie has said he won’t push for a soda tax this year – but he will establish a task force intended to reduce Hawaiians’ consumption of sugary beverages and try to find a solution to childhood obesity.
The prospect of a national tax on soft drinks has been effectively quashed for the time being as a key congressional committee has refused to consider such a levy, according to a report in the LA Times.