Philadelphia soda sales plunge after taxing sugary drinks

  • Published on May 15, 2019
  • Sales of soda and other sweetened beverages plunged nearly 40% in Philadelphia after the city taxed the drinks in 2017. Beverage sales within the city's limits dropped 51%, but an increase in sales just outside Philadelphia's borders resulted in a net drop of 38%, according to the findings published this week in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

Comments • 84

  • Chris Johnson
    Chris Johnson Month ago

    Sales have exploded in Bensalem or other outlying towns. Mayor Kenney needs to go! Where's the tax money? Not in schools where they were promised.

  • Adam
    Adam Month ago

    Hopefully people are buying healthier drinks

  • Fiona Fairechild
    Fiona Fairechild Month ago

    Way to go, morality police.

  • Jeanne 1
    Jeanne 1 Month ago

    Tax people right out of job

  • Robert Muldoon
    Robert Muldoon Month ago

    So less Fat Americans is a start, but what yah gunna do about the dumb ones

    • Ariel Simone
      Ariel Simone Month ago

      they are, when people die from stupidity they'll be much easier to carry at the funeral.

  • John Gomez
    John Gomez Month ago

    Cant even drink a soda anymore

  • Elizabeth Saxe-Coburg-Gotha Agent 001 MI6/SIS

    I'm definitely not an advocate for banning soda, but I think the tax is good because it's funding Pre-k in Philadelphia.

    • Aintnuttinbutathang Homeycheeseslice
      Aintnuttinbutathang Homeycheeseslice Month ago

      Aw, sorry to disappoint you . Would you care for a lolly?☺️😁
      Tell you what. Review the "preschools" that crop up before and after the tax takes place. Then research who the owners are, then review the owners background. Are they Democrats ? Who are their friends? Who are their friends friends? Are they associated with any politician or are their friends.
      Now, there is your start . Have fun and let us know what you find out.
      This is a general guideline for all local,state, and federal"laws".
      Political parties/people enrich their own.

    • Adam
      Adam Month ago

      Aintnuttinbutathang Homeycheeseslice that’s not proof

    • Calvin Dragoo
      Calvin Dragoo Month ago +1

      Funding schools with tax money from products they are trying to abolish. And will only decrease the money they bring in over time.....

    • Aintnuttinbutathang Homeycheeseslice
      Aintnuttinbutathang Homeycheeseslice Month ago

      Yeah, years of experience in the lies of politicians.

    • Adam
      Adam Month ago

      Aintnuttinbutathang Homeycheeseslice you have proof otherwise...

  • Elizabeth Saxe-Coburg-Gotha Agent 001 MI6/SIS

    They might as well just pay the tax if they're going to spend more money on gas.

  • Alex Martinez
    Alex Martinez Month ago

    So if your theory is correct and higher taxes on sugary drinks means they will consume less sugary drinks.
    What do we get less of when they raise income or sales taxes?
    Things that make ya go hmmmm?

  • RIXRADvidz
    RIXRADvidz Month ago

    they tried to pass a tax like that in some municipality here in Colorado and the idiocy of the tax was pointed out before it could be passed, demand would drive sales away from the taxed area. they need to quit nickel and dime taxing and tax the big money held up in corporations and organizations like churches.

  • Tamy Ford
    Tamy Ford Month ago

    Just go to the Dollar Tree$1

  • Andres No
    Andres No Month ago

    Do you even economics, bruh????

    DRAKKENFIRE22 Month ago

    The usual result of (democratic) socialism. Democrats always pander to the brainless sheep by taxing away their freedoms in exchange for social programs disguised as “taking care of the people”. Then the sheep will go elsewhere to get things that were banned by their democrat politicians; and on Election Day, vote those same incompetent democrats back into office. Liberals are so stupid.

  • Herr Kartoffelkopf
    Herr Kartoffelkopf Month ago

    In real news,John Durhams investigation is well underway, but not a peep from cbs.

  • bdk316
    bdk316 Month ago +4

    Yea but you can be sure sales are up in S NJ

  • Christobal Colombo
    Christobal Colombo Month ago

    wasn't that the point? to get people to drink less soda?

  • Alita Kicksa**!
    Alita Kicksa**! Month ago +2

    I need to stop drinking it myself.

  • Covfefe Hamberder
    Covfefe Hamberder Month ago

    Good, I hope this spreads around the country. Soda is basically poison and unfortunately some people are too stupid to help themselves. I am generally anti-government, anti-control, but soda needs to die. It's absolutely awful for us in every way. I'm sure Big Pharma isn't thrilled at this. They love when people drink it because of all the health issues it can cause, mainly diabetes. Carbonated poison.

  • Jairo Herrera
    Jairo Herrera Month ago

    I just hope this will lower or hinder the obesity epidemic in America.

  • Mary Burke
    Mary Burke Month ago +3

    ROFL.. just like I thought.. people will not stop anything that they want.. they will always and have also done it long long ago by going elsewhere and bringing it home..soon uhauls will be going and filling up and bringing it in..

  • kinn grimm
    kinn grimm Month ago +5

    alternative headline: "sugar junkies roaming the countryside"

  • Serial Thrilla
    Serial Thrilla Month ago

    We supposed ta go over the bridge to Jeysey to buy soda now? WTF? F***ing scam, I teyya. Gubmint scam, it is.

  • Tia Marie
    Tia Marie Month ago +8

    Flavored carbonated water is actually pretty good and cheap.

    • Jessie Jaie
      Jessie Jaie Month ago

      @Adult Film Star i just ordered a pizza lol I guess I will try with fizzy flavor water. Hope it's not a set up lmao😂🤗

    • Jaime Hudson
      Jaime Hudson Month ago


    • Adult Film Star
      Adult Film Star Month ago +1

      True i drink it everyday with whole pizzas and cheeseburgers

  • Joseph Geiger
    Joseph Geiger Month ago +2

    If someone pays fore there own healthcare, why should thay be taxed?

  • Randy Le
    Randy Le Month ago +1

    Yea tax soda so nobody will buy this crap

  • Christian Walker
    Christian Walker Month ago

    Damn, how about you tax the air we breathe too?

  • The Original OG Sports Show

    Americans don’t “need” soda🤷🏽‍♂️

  • I'm gone
    I'm gone Month ago +1

    The green new deal is working.
    Less plastic in the landfills.

    • Christian Walker
      Christian Walker Month ago +1

      @I'm gone Sounds like fun, honestly.

    • I'm gone
      I'm gone Month ago +1

      @Christian Walker
      Bootleg soda.
      Good grief. 😶

    • Christian Walker
      Christian Walker Month ago +2

      Not true. Just because soda inst being bought in Philadelphia, doesn't mean less plastic. They buy their sodas off Amazon now.

  • Lilliana Blake
    Lilliana Blake Month ago +1

    Soda taste nasty

  • Lilliana Blake
    Lilliana Blake Month ago

    Sugar is bad for people gave them diabetics them should not sale that and them should drink water

  • Red Balloon
    Red Balloon Month ago +1

    So no reduction in the consumption of sodas, merely a greater distribution in the purchasing of soda, in other words not as concentrated as it was previously.

  • Anne John
    Anne John Month ago +2

    Well in some case only thing you need to do is cross the street.

  • daniel junior
    daniel junior Month ago

    That’s actually awsome

  • Not my Realname
    Not my Realname Month ago +4

    I’m drinking a coke as I watch this.

  • David Smith
    David Smith Month ago


  • Make Racists Afraid Again

    Excellent for Public Health!
    I stopped drinking liquid sugar decades ago. It's poison.

  • Amber Ambwee
    Amber Ambwee Month ago +12

    Whatever anyone tries to ban/tax, people find a way around. Just like how Americans get their medications from Canada because it’s cheaper.

    • Amber Ambwee
      Amber Ambwee Month ago

      Ralph Northam Not completely true. I live in Texas and I find ads in the back of local DFW magazines to order from Canada. You don’t have to live in a border state just to get cheaper medication from Canada.

    • Ralph Northam
      Ralph Northam Month ago +1

      *Only within the north of American/Canada border states.*
      You forgot that part, *everwhere* else _(which is more than 90% of the U.S.),_ people buy their medications from the U.S. with a few exceptions of people wasting a full day of traveling.

  • David Ellis
    David Ellis Month ago +13

    Lol , Like Tobacco if you tax it to much they will buy it elsewhere.

    • Jessie Jaie
      Jessie Jaie Month ago

      @Adam the difference between me and u is my money is longer n I can care less how I wrote as long as u understand that's all that matters. Have a broke day! I'm done with u

    • Adam
      Adam Month ago

      Jessie Jaie and so am I, but unlike you, I can write at a first grade level 😂

    • Jessie Jaie
      Jessie Jaie Month ago

      @Adam I'm multitasking... Something that u obviously know nothing about. What I wanna know is why u BIG mad?

    • Adam
      Adam Month ago

      Jessie Jaie you’re calling me an idiot but you can’t even write properly 😂

    • Adam
      Adam Month ago

      Jessie Jaie learn how to write coherently...

  • Thot Patrol
    Thot Patrol Month ago +13

    You tax our sodas,but Churches make millions and no one cares😑🖕

    • FFR
      FFR Month ago +1

      daniel junior I’m with Thot Pastor on this one.

      Lmao xD

    • Jessie Jaie
      Jessie Jaie Month ago

      Not all churches.

    • daniel junior
      daniel junior Month ago +2

      Sodas and churches aren’t comparable buddy