What is it about?

In this study, we quantified global relationships between sugar-sweetened beverage (SSB) intake and prices and examine the potential effectiveness of tax policy. SSB intake data by country, age, and sex were combined with gross domestic product (GDP) and price data to estimate intake responsiveness to income and prices. Our study included 164 countries and representative data for the full adult population in each country.

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Why is it important?

Because expert organizations are advocating and governments are considering SSB taxation across the globe, examining SSB demand in a global context can provide a better understanding of potential tax-policy effectiveness across the complete spectrum of countries, from most to least developed.

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First study to examine sugar-sweetened beverage (SSB) intake and taxation in a global context, providing a better understanding of tax-policy effectiveness across the complete spectrum of countries.

Andrew Muhammad
University of Tennessee

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This page is a summary of: Global patterns in price elasticities of sugar-sweetened beverage intake and potential effectiveness of tax policy: a cross-sectional study of 164 countries by sex, age and global-income decile, BMJ Open, August 2019, BMJ, DOI: 10.1136/bmjopen-2018-026390.
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