Could A Tax On Sugary Drinks Really Help Save Lives?

Posted on December 16, 2016 | WFYI by Taylor Bennett

Harvard researchers say taxing sugary drinks could reduce rates of diabetes, avert vast sums in health costs and raise $41 million for community needs.

They projected the results of a 1-cent-per-ounce excise tax in 15 major cities, including Indianapolis. 

“This would have effects on health care costs. Individuals with obesity have much higher health care costs. We estimate over the next decade the city of Indianapolis would be saving about 43 million dollars in health care costs because of this,” says lead researcher Steve Gortmaker.

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