Recently there has been a flurry of positive studies and reports that support the public health and revenue cases for a sugary drinks tax.
According to a recent report by researchers at Harvard’s T.H. Chan School of Public Health, a tax on sugary drinks in Illinois would reduce consumption of these unhealthy beverages enough to reduce the incidence of diabetes by 9 percent, prevent 116,000 cases of obesity and save $773 million in healthcare costs. Read the full report here and an article from the Chicago Tribune here.
At the same time, there is exciting news coming from Berkeley, CA. One year after implementation, there is evidence to prove the sugary drink tax is working as intended! The report from PLOS Medicine found that sugary drinks consumption decreased 9.6 percent, water purchases increased by more than 15 percent and overall grocery bills did not go up. Read the full report here.