New Report: Sweet Soda Tax Does Nothing

Large increases in soft-drink taxes are unlikely to reduce total caloric intake

According to a new report published in Health Economics and funded by the Robert Wood Johnson foundation, a tax on sweet sodas and energy drinks does nothing to curb obesity, but it is helping people gain weight. 

According to the report:

“Our results cast serious doubt on the assumptions that proponents of large soda taxes make on its likely impacts on population weight.”

The report, which looked at the impact of the soda tax, was generated in Ohio and Arkansas, two states that have already imposed the tax. 

According to the Washington Examiner,

“On the national level, an increase in taxes on sugary drinks actually resulted in adults adding 27.7 calories to their daily intake with soda substitutes."

In the conclusion of the report, it said:

“That this evidence demonstrates that large increases in soft-drink taxes are unlikely to reduce total caloric intake."

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