California Researchers Say Early Data Suggest Berkeley’s Soda Tax Is Working
Researchers say there is early evidence that Berkeley's one-cent-per-ounce tax on sugary beverages is being passed on to consumers through higher prices. A researcher from UC-Berkeley School of Public Health said there is some evidence to show a link between the higher prices and reduced consumption. Meanwhile, Lynn Silver of the Public Health Institute in Oakland noted that the tax is on track to surpass proponents' predictions of raising $1.2 million for city programs aimed at improving nutrition and health in its first year.
- "Berkeley: First-in-Nation Soda Tax Begins To Show Results" (Lochner, San Jose Mercury News, 11/19).