Harvard study says soda tax would have health benefit if implemented in Baltimore

Posted on December 14, 2016 | The Baltimore Sun by Andrea McDaniels

A tax on soda and other sugary drinks in Baltimore could help reduce diabetes and obesity in the city, while generating $25.6 million for health programs, researchers at Harvard's school of public health reported Wednesday.

The researchers, who looked at the impact of an excise tax on sugary beverages on 15 major cities, said all would see significant health and economic benefits.

The study was commissioned by Healthy Food America, an advocacy group that promotes such taxes.

"We are hoping that by showing the potential significance of this, more people will consider a tax in their communities," said Jim Krieger, executive director of Healthy Food America. 

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