After Philly Imposes Soda Tax Prices Rise, Sales Fall

May 23, 2019 01:48 PM EDT | By Staff Reporter

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After Philly Imposes Soda Tax Prices Rise, Sales Fall

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A YEAR AFTER Philadelphia imposed a tax on sugary and artificially sweetened beverages, sales of those items dropped by more than half in the city, according to a study published Tuesday that also found prices of the beverages increased significantly. 

Researchers from the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine analyzed data from January 2016, before the tax, to December 2017, after the tax, and included beverages sold at supermarkets, mass merchandisers and pharmacies. They discovered that the mean price per ounce of taxed beverages increased at all stores after the tax, and sales decreased at all the stores within the city.

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