Project updates, commentaries, events and news about health across the nation from the County Health Rankings & Roadmaps team.
Sugar sweetened beverage taxes: What does the latest evidence say?
Sugar Sweetened Beverage (SSB) Taxes are intended to lower consumption of these drinks and, therefore, improve weight status and reduce obesity rates. But what does the latest research show about their effectiveness? There is some evidence that sugar sweetened beverage taxes decrease consumption of soda and other sweetened beverages, although current tax levels are generally too low to significantly affect consumer behavior. Larger effects can occur with larger taxes, as shown with a recently implemented SSB tax in Berkeley, CA – SSB consumption decreased 21% and water consumption increased 63%. You can read more in the newly updated entry on our What Works for Health (WWFH) page.
Every month, we add new content to WWFH, our database of evidence summaries and ratings for policies, programs, and systems changes that can improve health. What else is new this month? We’ve added listings for Expedited Partner Therapy for Treatable STIs (which has an evidence rating of Scientifically Supported) and Tobacco Retailer Licensing (rated Expert Opinion).
We’ve also updated a number of existing strategy pages with new studies, implementation examples, and other resources. Updated strategies include:
- Rain Barrels (Some Evidence)
- Rain Gardens & Other Bioretention Systems (Scientifically Supported)
- Permeable Pavement Projects (Scientifically Supported)
- Intergenerational Communities (Expert Opinion)
- Trauma-Informed Juvenile Justice Systems (Expert Opinion)
- Universal School-Based Suicide Awareness & Education Programs (Some Evidence)
- Tobacco Marketing Restrictions (Some Evidence)
And if you want to suggest a policy or program for us to look into, let us know.