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Estimating the potential of taxes on sugar-sweetened beverages to reduce consumption and generate revenue.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  21443899     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
OBJECTIVE: Beverage taxes came into light with increasing concerns about obesity, particularly among youth. Sugar-sweetened beverages have become a target of anti-obesity initiatives with increasing evidence of their link to obesity. Our paper offers a method for estimating revenues from an excise tax on sugar-sweetened beverages that governments of various levels could direct towards obesity prevention.
MODEL: We construct a model projecting beverage consumption and tax revenues based on best available data on regional beverage consumption, historic trends and recent estimates of the price elasticity of sugar-sweetened beverage demand.
RESULTS: The public health impact of beverage taxes could be substantial. An estimated 24% reduction in sugar-sweetened beverage consumption from a penny-per-ounce sugar-sweetened beverage tax could reduce daily per capita caloric intake from sugar-sweetened beverages from the current 190-200 cal to 145-150 cal, if there is no substitution to other caloric beverages or food. A national penny-per-ounce tax on sugar-sweetened beverages could generate new tax revenue of $79 billion over 2010-2015.
CONCLUSION: A modest tax on sugar-sweetened beverages could both raise significant revenues and improve public health by reducing obesity. To the extent that at least some of the tax revenues get invested in obesity prevention programs, the public health benefits could be even more pronounced.
Tatiana Andreyeva; Frank J Chaloupka; Kelly D Brownell
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't     Date:  2011-04-03
Journal Detail:
Title:  Preventive medicine     Volume:  52     ISSN:  1096-0260     ISO Abbreviation:  Prev Med     Publication Date:  2011 Jun 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2011-06-06     Completed Date:  2011-09-30     Revised Date:  2012-08-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0322116     Medline TA:  Prev Med     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  413-6     Citation Subset:  IM    
Copyright Information:
Copyright © 2011 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity, Yale University, New Haven, CT 06520-8369, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Beverages / adverse effects,  economics*,  statistics & numerical data
Dietary Sucrose / adverse effects,  economics*
Energy Intake
Models, Econometric
Obesity / economics,  etiology,  prevention & control*
Public Health / economics*,  methods
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Dietary Sucrose
Comment In:
Prev Med. 2012 Mar-Apr;54(3-4):283; discussion 284-5   [PMID:  21880270 ]
Prev Med. 2011 Jun;52(6):417-8   [PMID:  21539854 ]

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