Philly's Controversial "Soda Tax" Has People Drinking More Water

More than a year after Philadelphia enacted its controversial "soda tax", Philadelphians are - surprise! - drinking more water.

Researchers at Philly's Drexel University say Philadelphians are 40 percent less likely to drink sweetened beverages daily after the 1.5-cents-per-ounce tax went into effect.  Consumption of bottled water, which is not taxed, increased over the same span.  

Strangely, Philadelphians are still drinking just as many fruit-flavored drinks like Snapple, even though they're also subject to the tax.

Researchers say it's too early to see if the reduced soda consumption will lead to any long-term health benefits.

Would a "soda tax" make you stop drinking soda or are you too addicted?  Should the government use taxes to try to stop people from eating unhealthy foods?  


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