There’s been a lot of talk about the Seattle Sugary Drink tax, and businesses wonder who is going to benefit, and who is going to foot the bill. Take the Pop Quiz...

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What is TRUE about the tax and what is FALSE?

Roll over each statement to find out the answer

   TRUE     Studies have shown that purchases of  water and other untaxed drinks rise as much as 15%  following a sugary drink tax.                

TRUE

Studies have shown that purchases of water and other untaxed drinks rise as much as 15% following a sugary drink tax.

 

 

 

 

 

   FALSE     Studies have shown that African-American teenagers are exposed to  double the amount of advertisements  than white teenagers for soda and other sugary drinks.             

FALSE

Studies have shown that African-American teenagers are exposed to double the amount of advertisements than white teenagers for soda and other sugary drinks.

 

 

 

 

   TRUE      The tax is estimated to initially generate almost  $10 million  annually for programs that increase access to affordable healthy food and education opportunities for lower income families             

TRUE

The tax is estimated to initially generate almost $10 million annually for programs that increase access to affordable healthy food and education opportunities for lower income families

 

 

 

 

 
   TRUE     In cities where similar taxes have been used, there has been an  overall increase  in beverages purchased within the city.             

TRUE

In cities where similar taxes have been used, there has been an overall increase in beverages purchased within the city.

 

 

 

 

   TRUE     The Seattle Sugary Drink tax  will lower  the amount of sugary drinks purchased and will keep the soda industry out of local businesses, families, and lives. It will also generate millions of dollars for programs that help Seattle communities grow and thrive through education and health.       

TRUE

The Seattle Sugary Drink tax will lower the amount of sugary drinks purchased and will keep the soda industry out of local businesses, families, and lives. It will also generate millions of dollars for programs that help Seattle communities grow and thrive through education and health.

 

 

 

 

The tax supports Seattle communities, not the soda industry.

 

Studies Referenced: 

  • Silver et al. Changes In Prices, Sales, Consumer Spending, and Beverage Consumption One Year After A Tax On Sugar-Sweetened Beverages In Berkeley, California, US: A Before-And-After Study. 2017. 
  •  Wright et al. Policy lessons from health taxes: A systematic Review of Empirical studies. 2017.
  •  Rudd Center. Sugary Drink Marketing To Youth: Some Progress But Much Room to Improve. 2014.