Over the last decade, cities across the world have implemented taxes on unhealthy food, mostly sugar-sweetened beverages, as a means of raising revenue and decreasing consumption. But, not everyone welcomes these policies. Several states have preempted new local taxes by passing laws to block them. Some scientists have questioned whether taxes should be part of the solution, and, if so, which foods and beverages are fair to tax. But, do taxes work? If so, are they regressive? Do they unfairly pick winners and losers for food and beverages? Why is the opposition using aggressive tactics to oppose them? We will discuss these questions and more!


5:15pm US and Global Effects of Soda Taxes
James Krieger, MD MPH; Simon Barquera, MD MS PhD FTOS