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Sugar-Sweetened Beverages/Taxes

Sugar-sweetened beverages (SSBs) are drinks sweetened with sugar, high-fructose corn syrup, or other caloric sweeteners. They are a significant source of nutrition-less or "empty" calories in the American diet and a significant contributor to the current obesity epidemic. Concerned policy makers and public health professionals across the country are considering a variety of policies to reduce consumption, including legislation to levy excise taxes on SSBs. Research indicates that if the taxes are large enough they could reduce consumption. In addition, the public health community is calling for the revenue from these taxes to be used on obesity prevention, anti-hunger, and other health initiatives.

Age-based beverage recommendations were written by an expert advisory panel, convened in 2013 by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

The links below provide a wide range of information on the public health benefits of taxing sugar-sweetened beverages, as well as other policy efforts to reduce SSB consumption.