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Talking About Sugar Sweetened–Beverage Taxes

Will Actions Speak Louder Than Words?
      In this issue of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, Colleen Barry and her colleagues
      • Barry C.L.
      • Niederdeppe J.
      • Gollust S.E.
      Taxes on sugar-sweetened beverages: results from a 2011 national public opinion survey.
      present results from a national public opinion survey assessing the level of support for arguments commonly used in public debate about instituting taxes on sugar-sweetened beverages. Many in public health want to learn what will persuade the public to support taxing sugary beverages because they are eager to mimic the success in tobacco control, where increasing excise taxes on cigarettes is the single most effective way to reduce consumption, especially among youth. The findings of Barry et al. will disappoint these advocates because no argument in favor of taxes garnered a majority of support.
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