The Evaluation of Seattle’s Sweetened Beverage Tax: 2020
12 Month Report: Store Audits & Child Cohort: The Evaluation of Seattle’s Sweetened Beverage Tax
A 2020 study by the University of Washington and the Seattle Children’s Research Institute found:
- The rate of soda consumption among children in Seattle was about the same was it was for children outside of the tax zone.
- Low-income children in Seattle reduced consumption of taxed beverages by 3.3 ounces per day, but low-income children outside Seattle reduced consumption by more: 3.9 ounces per day.
It’s clear: A beverage tax is not the answer.