Soda Tax Leads to Reduce Consumption of Sugary Drinks

Soda tax leads to reduce consumption of sugary drinks, according to a new study.  Putting a “sin tax” on soda may be an effective way to cut soda drinking.

A study led by Yichen Zhong, a doctoral student at the Dornsife School of Public Health found that the effect of tax led to a 40 percent reduction in daily soda consumption among Philadelphians.


The study followed almost 900 city residents and they found that the sugary soda consumption was dropped by 40 percent in Philadelphia residents compared to residents of nearby cities like Trenton, Camden and Wilminton and energy drink consumption was decreased by 60 percent. Besides, the Philadelphia residents became a 58 percent more likely to drink the bottled water every day.

Sugary fruit drinks and diet soda consumption were not seen to have a decline in consumption instead they remained fairly static said, Amy Auchincloss, Ph.D., M.P.H., associate professor of epidemiology at Drexel and one of the study’s authors. Amy thinks that consumers are not aware that sugary fruit drinks were also subject to the soda tax.

Amy also said that excessive sugary drinking raises the risk of type-2 diabetes, heart disease, and tooth decay. Cutting the consumption could be beneficial for Philadelphians. the study which states that soda tax leads to reduce consumption of sugary drinks was published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.

“Drops in soda consumption were maintained after two years following the implementation of a sugary beverage tax in Mexico,” Yichen Zhong said. “So, it’s possible that the Philadelphia tax will have longer-term impacts on beverage choice, but it is still too early to tell here.”