Mexico’s Tax on Sugary Drinks Lowers Sales by 12%

Yes, taxes on soda work: “researchers estimate that Mexico’s 10% tax on soda and other sugary drinks will prevent about 189,300 new cases of Type 2 diabetes, 20,400 strokes and heart attacks, and 18,900 premature deaths over 10 years”. Melissa Healy for the Los Angeles Times reports.

Ballot initiatives in California and Colorado are set to join other United States cities including Philadelphia and Berkeley in setting new taxes on the sugary drinks.

With obesity rising unabated, these taxes may do what we can’t do for ourselves.