Post mortem of Chicago’s repealed soda tax

This week, the Cook County’s Board of Commissioners voted to repeal their tax on sugar-sweetened beverages by a vote of 15-1. This is the latest twist in a multi-year back-and-forth battle between soda tax advocates and opponents. John Cawley, professor in the department of policy analysis and management at Cornell University, is studying the impact of the soda […]

Soda tax fizzles out without education

This week, Cook County, Illinois passed a penny-per-ounce tax on sweetened beverages just days after voters in four cities – San Francisco, Oakland, Albany California and Boulder Colorado – approved such taxes at the polls. Cornell University economist John Cawley has studied the effectiveness of soda taxes in Berkeley, California and says that while cities […]

Soda tax falls flat

ITHACA, N.Y. – Four cities will be voting Nov. 8 on whether to tax soda and other sugar-sweetened beverages. Some proponents say the taxes would raise prices by exactly the amount of the tax, encouraging consumers to cut down on soda and improve their health. But research shows that prices might rise by only half […]

Pepsi plans to cut sugar a positive move for profits, obesity rates

Two Cornell University experts comment on Pepsi’s plan for reducing sugar in its soft drinks around the world. John Cawley: Move by Pepsi a win for everybody Cawley is a professor of policy analysis and management and of economics and has studied the effectiveness of soda taxes on the obesity epidemic. Bio: http://www.human.cornell.edu/bio.cfm?netid=jhc38 Cawley says: […]

Raising soda taxes may sound good, but likely to fall flat with US consumers

The World Health Organization (WHO) has recommended governments raise taxes on sugary drinks and increase subsidies on fruits and vegetables, in an effort to fight global obesity and diabetes. David Just, marketing and economics expert and professor at Cornell University’s Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management, calls the recommendation intriguing, but says the […]

Soda tax fight bubbling in Philadelphia

Jeff Niederdeppe, a communication professor at Cornell University who studies health messaging and co-author of the recent study “Americans’ opinions about policies to reduce consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages,” says the beverage industry will fight Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney’s proposed soda tax by funding front groups to make it appear like there is a grassroots uprising. […]

Two takes on the soda-tax wars

As San Francisco and Berkeley citizens prepare to vote on a soda tax, two Cornell experts weigh in on the debate. David Just, food marketing and economics expert and professor at Cornell University’s Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management, says soda taxes like those proposed in San Francisco and Berkeley don’t help […]

Soda law ruling best for consumers and retailers, says economist

David Just, food marketing and economics expert and professor at Cornell University’s Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management, says the decision by New York’s highest court to not reinstate laws limiting the size of sodas sold in New York City is the right choice.  Just says:  “It is amusing how much effort […]

People unwilling to swallow soda tax, size restrictions

ITHACA, N.Y. – Those hoping to dilute Americans’ taste for soda, energy drinks, sweetened tea, and other sugary beverages should take their quest to school lunchrooms rather than legislative chambers, according to a recent study by media and health policy experts. Soda taxes and beverage portion size restrictions were unpalatable to the 1,319 U.S. adults […]

Soda tax leaves a bitter taste

David Just, food marketing and economics expert and professor at Cornell University’s Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management, discusses the possible reaction if the proposed tax on sugary beverages passes in San Francisco. Just says: “Soda taxes like those proposed are bad ideas for three reasons. First, they are not effective in […]