Philadelphia just became the first major U.S. city to pass a sugary drink tax, scoring a significant win for kids and public health – and setting the stage for other communities to join the movement.
So we’re asking the question, “Okay, America, who’s next?”
With many cities and states grappling with tight budgets and the high costs of chronic diseases, such as heart disease, stroke, and diabetes, sugary drink taxes can be an effective strategy to improve public health and provide vital funding to address community needs.
Soda, sport and energy drinks, as well as sweetened bottled waters, are the largest source of added sugars for kids ages 2-18. It’s time for a change!
Sugary drink taxes, like the ones passed in Berkeley, CA, and Philadelphia, PA, can be an effective strategy to help cities and states grappling with tight budgets and the high costs of chronic diseases. In fact, it is estimated that in one year, a national one-cent-per-ounce tax on a 20-ounce bottle of soda could raise approximately $13 billion in tax revenue, creating an opportunity to use this money for vital health programs across the country.