The researches find that sweetened beverages drop by 38% in chain food retailers; according to Penn Medicine researchers who conduct one of the largest studies examining the impacts of a beverage tax. Because The results; publish this week in JAMA; Therefore translate to almost one billion fewer ounces of sugary or artificially sweetened beverages about 83 million cans of soda purchase in the Philadelphia area.
Studies examining the impacts
The findings provide more evidence to suggest beverage taxes can help reduce consumption of sugary drinks; therefore which are linked to the rise in obesity and its related non-communicable diseases, such as type II diabetes.Public health is “the science and art of preventing disease; prolonging life and promoting health through the organize efforts and informed choices of society, organizations, public and private, communities and individuals.
“(1920, C.E.A. Winslow) It is concerned with threats to the overall health of a community based on population health analysis. The population in question can be as small as a handful of people or as large as all the inhabitants of several continents (for instance, in the case of a pandemic). Because Public health is typically divide into epidemiology; biostatistics and health services. Environmental, social, behavioral, and occupational health are also important sub fields.
Artificially sweetened beverages
United States to implement a tax on the distribution of sugary and artificially sweetened beverages. The goal of the 1.5% ounce tax was to generate revenue to support universal pre-K; community schools, and improvements to parks and recreation centers; with the potential side benefit of curbing consumption of unhealthy drinks.
“Taxing sugar-sweetened beverages is one of the most effective policy strategies to reduce the purchase of these unhealthy drinks. It is a public health no-brainer and a policy win-win;” said first author Christina A. Roberto, Ph.D., an assistant professor of Medical Ethics & Health Policy in the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania.
Largest sources of sugary
“It’s likely to improve the long-term health of Philadelphians, while generating revenue for education programs in the city of Philadelphia.“To determine the impact the new law would have on prices and sales in Philadelphia; the researchers analyzed store-wide beverage price and sales data one year before and one year after the tax was implemented at 291 chain retailers.
Stores included supermarkets, mass merchandisers, and pharmacies, which together represent the largest sources of sugary beverage sales. The study does not include restaurants or independent stores. Therefore The team included stores within the city limits and those just outside to understand how many taxed drinks were being purchased across city lines to avoid the tax. They also compared their results to Baltimore, which has no beverage tax.