In January of 2017, Philadelphia passed a 1.5 cent tax on sugary drinks. This caused an immense drop in sales of sugary drinks, including soda, by 38% percent.
Many people opposed to the tax threatened that if the law were to pass, they would simply go to outside of Philadelphia for their soda.
According to a study by researchers at University of Pennsylvania, although sales dropped within the city, sales increased exponentially just outside its parameters. This increase was at a high percentage of 51%.
The average person has quick and easy access to sugary drinks and unhealthy foods. Those who have SNAP or other government issues assistance, have limited access to fresh food and are often stuck within “food deserts”.
This sale tax was created and implemented as a way to manage obesity, the struggle of diabetes and easy access to harmful drinks. Obesity is a large issue nationwide affecting 1 in 6 children in the United States.
“On average I drink no water,” Hyde King, a Sacramento teenager, states, “ Zero water a day. I drink a lot of juice. I think I get enough water through water-rich foods, I eat a lot of grapes and other fruits. I prefer to drink mango tango juice and 7 up together, that’s what keeps me hydrated. I think I just don’t need a lot of water, but also maybe my body’s just given up on trying to make me drink it.”