Fact sheet | Why tax sugary drinks?

Learn about sugary drink consumption around the world, connections between excess sugar consumption and prevalence of obesity and other diseases, and real-world evidence for how sugary drink taxes can reduce sugar intake, improve health, and increase government revenue while decreasing health care costs and the personal burdens of nutrition-related diseases. Updated February 2020

Fact sheet | Ultra-processed foods

Fact sheet describing ultra-processed foods and drinks and the threat they pose to public health worldwide as they make up increasingly greater portions of the global diet. Learn how to identify ultra-processed products; review the evidence for their association with a multitude of risk factors, diseases, and mortality; and explore policy options to reduce consumption. […]

Maps | Sugary drink taxes

Global maps showing countries and smaller jurisdictions with taxes on sugary beverages that were implemented with a goal of curbing sugar consumption and improving public health. Included are brief descriptions of each tax structure and dates of passage or implementation. Updated September 2021


Hofman KJ, Stacey N, Swart EC, Popkin BMNg SWSouth Africa's Health Promotion Levy: Excise tax findings and equity potentialObesity Reviews. 2021; 1– 7. view full text

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Valizadeh P, Ng SW. Would A National Sugar‐Sweetened Beverage Tax in the United States Be Well Targeted? American Journal of Agricultural Economics. 2021 May;103(3):961-86. view full text

Bleich SN, Chriqui J, Ng SWImplementation Science Is Important for Understanding and Advancing Beverage Taxes. Am J Public Health. 2020 Sep;110(9):1266-1267. doi: 10.2105/AJPH.2020.305840. view full text

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Torres-Álvarez R, Barrán-Zubaran R, Canto-Osorio F, Sánchez-Romero LM, Camacho-García-Formentí D, Popkin BM, Rivera JA, Meza R, Barrientos-Gutiérrez T. Body weight impact of the sugar-sweetened beverages tax in Mexican children: A modeling study. Pediatr Obes. 2020 Apr 13:e12636. doi: 10.1111/ijpo.12636. view full text

Caro JC, Valizadeh P, Correa A, Silva A, Ng SWCombined fiscal policies to promote healthier diets: Effects on purchases and consumer welfare. PLOS One. 2020 Jan 15;15(1):e0226731. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0226731. eCollection 2020. view full text

Salgado JC, Ng SW. Understanding heterogeneity in price changes and firm responses to a national unhealthy food tax in Mexico. Food Policy. 2019 Dec 1;89:101783. view full text

Pedraza LS, Popkin BM, Batis C, Adair L, Robinson WR, Guilkey DK, Taillie LSThe caloric and sugar content of beverages purchased at different store-types changed after the sugary drinks taxation in Mexico. Int J Behav Nutr Phys Act. 2019 Nov 12;16(1):103. doi: 10.1186/s12966-019-0872-8. view full text

Stacey N, Mudara C, Ng SW, van Walbeek C, Hofman K, Edoka I. Sugar-based beverage taxes and beverage prices: Evidence from South Africa’s Health Promotion Levy. Social Science & Medicine. 2019 Oct 1;238:112465. view full text

Ng SW, Rivera JA, Popkin BM, Colchero MA. Did high sugar-sweetened beverage purchasers respond differently to the excise tax on sugar-sweetened beverages in Mexico? Public Health Nutr. 2019 Mar;22(4):750-6. view full text

Aburto TC, Poti JM, Popkin BMPatterns and trends in the intake distribution of manufactured and homemade sugar-sweetened beverages in pre-tax Mexico, 1999-2012. Public Health Nutr. 2018 Dec;21(18):3296-3306. view full text

Caro JC, Corvalán C, Reyes M, Silva A, Popkin BM, and Taillie LS. (2018). Chile’s 2014 sugar-sweetened beverage tax and changes in prices and purchases of sugar-sweetened beverages: An observational study in an urban environmentPLOS Med 15(7): e1002597. view full text

Caro JC, Ng SW, Bonilla R, Tovar J, Popkin BMSugary drinks taxation, projected consumption and fiscal revenues in Colombia: Evidence from a QUAIDS model. PLOS One. 2017 Dec 20;12(12):e0189026. view full text view full text

Popkin BMMexican Cohort Study Predates but Predicts the Type of Body Composition Changes Expected From the Mexican Sugar-Sweetened Beverage Tax. Am J Public Health. 2017 Nov;107(11):1702-1703. view full text

Taillie LS, Rivera JA, Popkin BM, Batis C. Do high vs. low purchasers respond differently to a nonessential energy-dense food tax? Two-year evaluation of Mexico’s 8% nonessential food tax. Preventive Medicine. 2017 Jul 17. pii: S0091-7435(17)30256-6. [Epub ahead of print] view full text

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Colchero MA, Popkin BM, Rivera JA, Ng SW. Beverage purchases from stores in Mexico under the excise tax on sugar sweetened beverages: observational study. BMJ. 2016 Jan; 352:h6704 view full text

Colchero MA, Salgado JC, Unar-Munguía M, Molina M, Ng SW, Rivera-Dommarco JA. Changes in prices after an excise tax to sugar sweetened beverages was implemented in Mexico: evidence from urban areas. PLoS ONE. Dec 2015; 10(12) view full text

Ford CN, Ng SW, Popkin BM. Targeted Beverage Taxes Influence Food and Beverage Purchases among Households with Preschool Children. Journal of Nutrition. 2015 Aug;145(8):1835-43 view full text

Kleiman S, Ng SW, Popkin B. Drinking to our health: can beverage companies cut calories while maintaining profits? Obesity Review. 2012 Mar;13(3):258-74 view full text