Sugary Drink Tax Gaining Momentum: Will your city be next?

Another study shows Mexico’s tax is helping to reduce consumption and big news from Santa Fe, West Virginia, Seattle’s mayor, and Philadelphia—learn more here.

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From Mexico -- In a new study released February 22, 2017 in Health Affairs, researchers from UNC-Chapel Hill examined how the purchases of taxed and untaxed beverages changed over the first two years of the tax, 2014 and 2015. They found a 9.7 percent decline in sugary drink purchases in 2015, yielding an average reduction of 7.6 percent over the two-year period. Households at the lowest income level had the largest decreases in purchases of taxed beverages in both years. Purchases of untaxed items increased 2.1 percent during the study period. 

Recently, stories have popped up covering sugary drink taxes – both proposed and implemented. 

Santa Fe:

West Virginia:


  • Seattle mayor proposes new tax on sodas, sugary drinks
  • Seattle’s Mayor Murray proposes sugary-drink tax to pay for helping students of color

  • Soda tax proposed for the city of Seattle


  • In a new op-ed, Dr. Kenneth Margulies - Professor of Medicine at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and board president of the American Heart Association of Philadelphia - draws on his personal, firsthand experience as a cardiologist to make the case that Philadelphia’s sugary drink tax is a “game-changer” that over the long-term will improve health and save lives.


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