News Tip: Opposition to Soda Taxes Proof They Work, Expert Says

Pennsylvania Supreme Court upheld Philadelphia’s tax on soda

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has upheld Philadelphia’s tax on soda and other sweetened beverages.

  • Quotes:
    “The soda companies are pulling out all stops to fight these taxes, which is evidence that they are working -- consumption of these beverages is declining, which is a public health victory given their association with diabetes, obesity and other serious medical issues,” says Kelly Brownell, director of the World Food Policy Center at Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy. “Just like the tobacco companies fought taxes on cigarettes, the soda companies are stalling, but I suspect they know internally that these taxes are inevitable,”
     
  • Bio:
    Kelly Brownell is director of the World Food Policy Center at Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy, and a professor of public policy, psychology and neuroscience, and psychiatry and behavioral sciences. He is a renowned expert on diet-related disease, obesity and food policy. Brownell can discuss food labeling and taxing, health behavior and related food policy topics. 
    https://sanford.duke.edu/people/faculty/brownell-kelly-d 
     
  • Related podcast featuring Brownell (on parallels between sugar and tobacco industries): https://soundcloud.com/user-352709534/episode-4-sugar-fix 
     
  • For additional comment, contact Brownell at: 
    Kelly.brownell@duke.edu.