Berkeley soda tax did reduce consumption

Question remains whether health benefits are realized with sugar-sweetened beverage tax.

A new paper in the American Journal of Public Health studied the impact of Berkeley’s new sugar-sweetened beverage tax – commonly referred to as a soda tax – of one cent per ounce on such beverages. They found that consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages did decrease by 21% in Berkeley and increased 4% in comparison cities.

The study surveyed residents in low-income neighborhoods of Berkeley and two comparison cities without a tax, San Francisco and Oakland, both before and after

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