Seattle Healthy Kids Coalition

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.












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. 

Read Mayor Ed Murray's State of the City Address

Successful Initiatives

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