Don't Let the Industry Sugarcoat the Facts

Beverage companies spend hundreds of MILLIONS each year marketing sugary drinks. These companies directly target youth, especially youth of color.

 

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Sugar Facts

  • A 20-ounce bottle of soda contains the equivalent of approximately 16 teaspoons of sugar.
  • Sugar sweetened beverages are the single largest source of added sugars in the American diet.
  • Sugar-sweetened beverages have been linked to weight gain, obesity, heart disease, and tooth decay, among other serious health conditions.
  • Individuals who drink one to two sugar-sweetened beverages per day have a 26 percent higher risk for developing type II diabetes.

Sugar Tax

This is not a tax on local retailers or businesses. This is a tax on distributors of sugary drinks, the handful of companies that contract with beverage makers to distribute their products in the City of Seattle.

A Proven Approach

Seattle joins other cities, counties, and First Nations that have passed a sugary drink tax: Berkeley CA, Albany CA , Boulder CO, Oakland CA, Philadelphia PA, San Francisco CA, and the Navajo Nation. Learn about legislative work taking place across the country!