Impact of Sweetened Beverage Tax on Chain Retailers in Philadelphia

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Impact of Sweetened Beverage Tax on Chain Retailers in Philadelphia

Change in prices, sales after one year

On January 1, 2017, Philadelphia became the second U.S. city to tax the distribution of sweetened beverages. The 1.5 cent per ounce tax applies to the distribution of sugar- and artificially sweetened beverages. Similar taxes have been passed in several other cities and are being considered at the state level. The authors examined the effect of the tax on beverage prices and sales at chain retail stores in Philadelphia.

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