Study indicates Berkeley soda tax is working


Posted on August 24, 2016 | Politico by Helena Bottemiller Evich

The penny-per-ounce soda tax in Berkeley, Calif., has led to residents in low-income areas reporting they drink sugary drinks less frequently, per a new study published Tuesday in the American Journal of Public Health. The cross-sectional study, by University of California, Berkeley researchers, was based on two surveys conducted by interviewers who approached subjects on the street. One was conducted before the tax kicked in, and the other came about 4 months after it hit the books in Jan. 2015; they involved 990 and 1,698 participants, respectively.

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