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Sugary drink sales in Philadelphia fall 38% after city adopted soda tax, study finds
  • An investigation finds that sales of soft drinks decreased by 38% in Philadelphia after applying a tax on these beverages.
  • However, the study published in the Journal of the American Medical Society noted that sales declined in Philadelphia, but increased in other nearby cities.
  • Supporters think that raising taxes on sugary drinks will help reduce diabetes, obesity and health problems associated with excessive sugar consumption.
  • Opponents of this measure express that the rise in these taxes affects families and workers of small commercial establishments in the city.
  • After Berkeley (California), Philadelphia is the second city in the United States that takes this measure to raise taxes on sweet drinks.


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