Philadelphia Approves Sugar Sweetened Beverage Tax

In 2016, Philadelphia’s City Council voted in favor of a sugar-sweetened beverage tax to fund early education programs for children across the city. The City of Philadelphia Department of Public Health is helping to raise awareness of the negative health outcomes associated with SSB consumption and working with stores and schools to provide healthier beverage options.

The CHOICES Project estimated that the tax would lead to a reduction in diabetes incidence of 8% and an estimated 968 cases of diabetes prevented over a one-year period once the tax reaches its full effect.