War on sugar: What other countries are doing

United States: Hits, misses and fightback by businesses

Eight cities across the US have imposed taxes on sugary drinks, the largest source of added sugar in Americans' diets, since 2014. While some of these soda taxes have been successful, others face a backlash from local grocers and consumers.
Eight cities across the US have imposed taxes on sugary drinks, the largest source of added sugar in Americans' diets, since 2014. While some of these soda taxes have been successful, others face a backlash from local grocers and consumers.PHOTO: EPA-EFE

Eight cities across the US have imposed taxes of between one US cent and three US cents (between S$0.02 and S$0.04) an ounce (30ml) on sugary drinks, the largest source of added sugar in Americans' diets, since 2014.

While some of these soda taxes have been successful, others face a backlash from local grocers and consumers, with Cook County in Illinois repealing its tax just two months after it came into effect.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on January 20, 2019, with the headline 'United States: Hits, misses and fightback by businesses'. Print Edition | Subscribe