Higher retail prices of sugar-sweetened beverages 3 months after implementation of an excise tax in Berkeley, California
Falbe et al. Am J Public Health. 2015;105:2194–2201.
In March 2015, Berkeley, CA became the first locality in the nation to implement a 1-cent-perounce excise tax on sugary drinks. In order for such a tax to reduce consumption, a substantial portion of the tax must be passed on to the consumer. Falbe and colleagues present evidence that Berkeley’s sugary drink tax is passed through to the customer via higher shelf prices for sugary drinks
Research Watch - Volume 1, Issue 1
Research Watch is a monthly summary of key research findings on the impacts of sugar on health, and what strategies work to reduce excessive sugar consumption. Scientific evidence on the health effects of sugar and on the effectiveness of policy and other interventions to curb consumption are coming fast and furious these days. We hope it will help you stay on top of this rapidly developing body of knowledge and inform your strategic thinking, communications and advocacy work.
Three interventions that reduce childhood obesity are projected to save more than they cost to implement
Gortmaker et al. Am J Prev Med. 2015;49(1):102–111.
Advocates need data and evidence to choose among several strategies for reducing childhood obesity. Gortmaker and colleagues review the cost effectiveness of seven childhood obesity prevention interventions when applied to the US population.
They find that a sugary drink tax is one of three cost-effective interventions.