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?
Will people drink less sugary soda if the price goes up? A new study suggests the answer is yes. https://t.co/aIkeBQvG2l— NPR (@NPR) April 13, 2018