Research published online today in the journal Health Affairs indicates that low taxes on soda have no effect on consumption, though high taxes probably would.
This should not be a surprise, says Stier. However, a soda tax that is high enough to reduce consumption would not be politically viable.
Dr. Ross adds, Low soda taxes would effectively generate income for the government, but would not affect obesity. Those advocating a soda tax allegedly to prevent obesity should be more truthful in their positions.