Category Archives: Non-communicable diseases


Banning free soda refills: building on soda taxes to reduce obesity

Late last week, the French government boosted its efforts to tackle obesity by banning free soda refills. The soda refill ban builds on a series on measures the French government has implemented to reduce consumption of unhealthy foods and beverages: there is a nation-wide tax on sweetened drinks, vending machines are banned in schools, and […]

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Some good news from Election Day: four U.S. cities vote in taxes on sugary drinks

The U.S. election results evoke concern, anxiety, and fear among many Americans, and throughout the world. Public health advocates are concerned about the future of the Affordable Care Act, fearful of restrictions on women’s reproductive rights, and anxious to strengthen efforts to reduce smoking, obesity, and other risk factors for non-communicable diseases (NCDs). However, results […]

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A popular tax? Philadelphians support soda tax, especially millennials

On June 16, despite vehement opposition from the beverage industry, the City of Philadelphia adopted a 1.5 cent per ounce tax on sweetened beverages that will take effect in January 2017. A new poll by Pew, found that Philadelphians support the tax by 54 percent to 42 percent. The tax is particularly popular among young people […]

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More sugar industry interference: this time with ads warning of the health effects of soda

Last week, we learned that the sugar industry paid Harvard scientists to minimize the link between sugar and heart disease, blaming saturated fat instead. Unfortunately, scientific evidence isn’t the only thing the industry has been influencing: a soda company in Colombia has successfully pushed for the suspension of a television advertisement warning the public about […]

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Soda tax successfully puts Berkeley’s sugary drink consumption well below its Bay Area neighbors

Berkeley’s soda tax, which passed in a landslide victory in November 2014, was the nation’s first “soda” tax to pass. The tax, a penny-per-ounce tax paid by distributors of sugary drinks, applies to soda, fruit drinks energy drinks, and sugary coffee syrups. Now, the results of most measures to decrease use of substances such as tobacco, alcohol and […]

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