Bay Area And Boulder Soda Taxes Would Save Lives, Lower Healthcare Costs, Says Harvard

Posted on October 27, 2016 | Forbes by Nancy Fink Huehnergarth

If voters approve all four soda tax measures on the ballot next month in San Francisco, Oakland and Albany CA, and, Boulder CO, hundreds of lives and over $60 million in healthcare costs will be saved over the next 10 years.

Those are the findings reported today by researchers for Harvard’s CHOICES project, a national peer-reviewed computer model that was localized to project the financial and health impacts of sugary drink taxes. The model was first used in Philadelphia prior to its passing a 1-1/2 cent-per-ounce tax on soft drinks earlier this year.

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