The billion-dollar reason more cities might stand up to Coke and Pepsi
On Wednesday, Harvard University's T.H. Chan School of Public Health released a study analyzing what would happen if the 15 largest US cities with the ability to pass a 1-cent-per-ounce tax on sugary drinks did so.
Researchers found the new laws would result in a nearly 20% drop in soda consumption in cities including Los Angeles, Detroit, and Denver. The study, which used computer modeling to project the impact of the proposed taxes, predicted that cities could generate a cumulative $942 million per year in revenue from the taxes.
In November, Boulder, Colo., joined three cities in California's Bay Area, including San Francisco, in passing soda taxes.
In the Bay Area, the three cities' combined annual revenue from the taxes is expected to exceed $22 million.
In Philadelphia, a 1.5-cent-per-ounce soda tax that passed in June is expected to raise about $91 million annually. The funds will be used to expand pre-kindergarten programs, improve parks, and offer tax credits for businesses that sell healthy beverages.
People who back soda taxes say that they help promote health by discouraging people from drinking sugary beverages.
"By following the example of the seven that have already acted, cities have a golden opportunity to help their people avoid premature death and illness and cut health costs while raising revenue to make residents' lives better in other ways," Jim Krieger, the executive director of Healthy Food America - the food policy nonprofit that funded the Harvard study - said in a statement.
According to the study, the passage of soda taxes in 15 additional cities would result in a 6% average drop in diabetes rates and the prevention of 58,220 cases of obesity in impacted regions.
Critics of taxes on sugary beverages say the taxes unfairly target soda companies and do not encourage healthier habits.
While the soda industry has spent millions of dollars fighting soda taxes, Coca-Cola and PepsiCo are also investing in less-sugary drink options that wouldn't be subjected to the taxes. Both companies often highlight that an increasing percentage of their business comes from the sales of things like bottled water, healthy snacks, and tea - not soda.
NOW WATCH: Coke and Pepsi are ditching sugar
- Razorpay forays into loyalty and rewards segment with PoshVine acquisition
- Don't equate fun with money: Sundar Pichai to employees
- Best Intel-powered laptops for school students
- Festive season is here! Explore the best Intel Laptops for Education
- Reliance is reportedly planning to launch JioPhone 5G in India at a very affordable price
- Amazon Festival Sale
- Rice and Pulses
- IIT Guwahati
- Apple Tablets in Amazon Sale
- Biggest Billionaires
- Sundar Pichai
- Home Loan
- Vinod Shantilal Adani
- Amazon Festival Sale
- Accenture earnings forecast
- India's Richest People
- Best 5G Smartphone
- Upcoming Smartphone in 2022
- Top 10 Colleges in India
- Top 10 Airlines in World