Study Shows A Soda Tax Could Save Lives

Posted by | January 11, 2012 13:04 | Filed under: Top Stories

A penny-per-ounce tax on soda could reduce consumption and save lives, say researchers.

Researchers from University of California (San Francisco) and Columbia University in New York City found that a penny-per-ounce tax on soft drinks — or 12 cents on a can — would reduce consumption by 10 to 15 percent over a decade. “Over the period 2010–20, the tax was estimated to prevent (240,000 cases of diabetes a year), 95,000 coronary heart events, 8,000 strokes, and 26,000 premature deaths, while avoiding more than $17 billion in medical costs,” the researchers wrote in Health Affairs. So far, Maryland taxes sodas at a 6 percent rate, but attempts in other states have failed. New York proposed a soda tax in 2009 but then abandoned the plan.

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