The Public Health and Economic Benefits of Taxing Sugar-Sweetened Beverages

Consumption of sugar sweetened beverages (SSB) has been linked to higher risks of obesity. This paper explores SSB consumption and adverse health outcome evidence before discussing how SSB taxation may reduce intake, lower health care costs and generate federal health program revenue.

Editor’s note: Three of the article’s authors, Kelly Brownell, Joe Thompson and Frank Chaloupka, lead RWJF-funded initiatives.