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 November 2022 November 2022: Added Colombia (newly passed, not yet implemented), updated Hungary May […]

Taxing sugary drinks: A fiscal policy to improve public health

Learn about the connections between excess sugar consumption and prevalence of obesity and other noncommunicable diseases, as well as 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 and shared burdens of nutrition-related diseases. Updated November 2022

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. […]


Grocery purchase changes were associated with a north carolina COVID food assistance incentive program
Authors: Caitlin M. Lowery, Richard Henderson, Neal Curran, Sam Hoeffler, Molly DeMarco, Shu Wen Ng
Published in: Health Affairs, November 7, 2022 view full text

Are intentions to change, policy awareness, or health knowledge related to changes in dietary intake following a sugar-sweetened beverage tax in South Africa? A before-and-after study
Authors: Michael Essman, Catherine Zimmer, Francesca Dillman Carpentier, Elizabeth C. Swart, Lindsey Smith Taillie
Published in: International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, October 28, 2022

Simulation models of sugary drink policies: A scoping review
Authors: Natalie Riva Smith, Anna H. Grummon, Shu Wen Ng, Sarah Towner Wright, Leah Frerichs
Published in: PLOS ONE, October 3, 2022

Decomposing consumer and producer effects on sugar from beverage purchases after a sugar-based tax on beverages in South Africa
Authors: Maxime Bercholz, Shu Wen Ng, Nicholas Stacey, Elizabeth C. Swart
Published in: Economics & Human Biology, March 21, 2022 view full text

Purchases of non-taxed foods, beverages, and alcohol in a longitudinal cohort after implementation of the Philadelphia Beverage Tax
Authors: Anna H. Grummon, Christina A. Roberto, Hannah G. Lawman, Sara N. Bleich, Jiali Yan, Nandita Mitra, Sophia V. Hua, Caitlin M. Lowery, Ana Peterhans, Laura A. Gibson
Published in: The Journal of Nutrition, December 15, 2021 view full text

The impacts on food purchases and tax revenues of a tax based on Chile’s nutrient profiling model
Authors: M. Arantxa Colchero, Guillermo Paraje, Barry M. Popkin
Published in: PLOS ONE, December 2, 2021 view full text

How should we evaluate sweetened beverage tax policies? A review of worldwide experience
Authors: Shu Wen Ng, M. Arantxa Colchero, Martin White
Published in: BMC Public Health, October 26, 2021 view full text

Cash transfer programs are important for improved nutrition in low- and middle-income countries
Authors: Barry M. Popkin
Published in: The Journal of Nutrition, October 12, 2021 view full text

South Africa's health promotion levy: Excise tax findings and equity potential
Authors: Karen Hofman, Nicholas Stacey, Elizabeth Swart, Barry Popkin, Shu Wen Ng
Published in: Obesity Reviews, May 31, 2021 view full text

Changes in beverage purchases following the announcement and implementation of South Africa's Health Promotion Levy: An observational study
Authors: Nicholas Stacey, Ijeoma Edoka, Karen Hofman, Elizabeth C. Swart, Barry Popkin, and Shu Wen Ng
Published in: The Lancet Planetary Health, April 1, 2021 view full text

Sugar-sweetened beverage reduction policies: Progress and promise
Authors: James Krieger, Sara Bleich, Stephanie Scarmo, and Shu Wen Ng
Published in: Annual Review of Public Health, April 1, 2021 view full text

Would a national sugar‐sweetened beverage tax in the united states be well targeted?
Authors: Pourya Valizadeh, Shu Wen Ng
Published in: American Journal of Agricultural Economics, February 2, 2021 view full text

Implementation science is important for understanding and advancing beverage taxes
Authors: Sara N. Bleich, Jamie Chriqui, Shu Wen Ng
Published in: Am J Public Health, September 1, 2020 view full text

Association between tax on sugar sweetened beverages and soft drink consumption in adults in Mexico: Open cohort longitudinal analysis of Health Workers Cohort Study
Authors: Luz María Sánchez-Romero, Francisco Canto-Osorio, Romina González-Morales, M Arantxa Colchero, Shu Wen Ng, Paula Ramírez-Palacios, Jorge Salmerón, Tonatiuh Barrientos-Gutiérrez
Published in: BMJ, May 6, 2020 view full text

Body weight impact of the sugar-sweetened beverages tax in Mexican children: A modeling study
Authors: Rossana Torres-Álvarez, Rodrigo Barrán-Zubaran, Francisco Canto-Osorio, Luz M. Sánchez-Romero, Dalia Camacho-García-Formentí, Barry M. Popkin, Juan A. Rivera, Rafael Meza, Tonatiuh Barrientos-Gutiérrez
Published in: Pediatr Obes, April 13 2020 view full text

Combined fiscal policies to promote healthier diets: Effects on purchases and consumer welfare
Authors: Juan C. Caro, Porya Valizadeh, Alejandrina Correa, Andres Silva, Shu Wen Ng
Published in: PLOS One, January 15 2020 view full text

Understanding heterogeneity in price changes and firm responses to a national unhealthy food tax in Mexico
Authors: Juan C. Salgado, Shu Wen Ng
Published in: Food Policy, December 1 2019 view full text

Sugar-based beverage taxes and beverage prices: Evidence from South Africa’s Health Promotion Levy
Authors: Nicholas Stacey, Caroline Mudara, Shu Wen Ng, Corne van Walbeek, Karen Hofmam, Ijeoma Edoka
Published in: Social Science & Medicine, October 1 2019 view full text

Did high sugar-sweetened beverage purchasers respond differently to the excise tax on sugar-sweetened beverages in Mexico?
Authors: Shu Wen Ng, Juan A. Rivera, Barry M. Popkin, Michelle A. Colchero
Published in: Public Health Nutr, March 2019 view full text

Chile’s 2014 sugar-sweetened beverage tax and changes in prices and purchases of sugar-sweetened beverages: An observational study in an urban environment
Authors: Juan C. Caro, Camila Corvalán, Marcela Reyes, Andres Silva, Barry M. Popkin, Lindsey S. Taillie
Published in: PLOS Med, 2018 view full text

Mexican cohort study predates but predicts the type of body composition changes expected from the Mexican sugar-sweetened beverage tax
Author: Barry M. Popkin
Published in: Am J Public Health, November 2017 view full text

In Mexico, evidence of sustained consumer response two years after implementing a sugar-sweetened beverage tax
Authors: Michelle A. Colchero, Barry M. Popkin, Juan A. Rivera, Shu Wen Ng
Published in: Health Affairs, March 2017 view full text

Beverage purchases from stores in Mexico under the excise tax on sugar sweetened beverages: observational study
Authors: M Arantxa Colchero, Barry M. Popkin, Juan A. Rivera, Shu Wen Ng
Published in: BMJ, January 2016 view full text

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

Drinking to our health: Can beverage companies cut calories while maintaining profits?
Authors: Susan Kleiman, Shu Wen Ng, Barry M. Popkin
Published in: Obesity Reviews, March 2012 view full text