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 • 80

  • Chris Johnson
    Chris Johnson 4 months 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 4 months ago

    Hopefully people are buying healthier drinks

  • Fiona Fairechild
    Fiona Fairechild 4 months ago

    Way to go, morality police.

  • Jeanne 1
    Jeanne 1 4 months ago

    Tax people right out of job

  • Robert Muldoon
    Robert Muldoon 4 months ago

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

    • Ariel Simone
      Ariel Simone 4 months ago

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

  • John Gomez
    John Gomez 4 months ago

    Cant even drink a soda anymore

  • Not Sure
    Not Sure 4 months ago +1

    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 4 months 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 4 months ago

      Aintnuttinbutathang Homeycheeseslice that’s not proof

    • Calvin Dragoo
      Calvin Dragoo 4 months 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 4 months ago

      Yeah, years of experience in the lies of politicians.

    • Adam
      Adam 4 months ago

      Aintnuttinbutathang Homeycheeseslice you have proof otherwise...

  • Not Sure
    Not Sure 4 months ago +1

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

  • Alex Martinez
    Alex Martinez 4 months 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 4 months 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 4 months ago

    Just go to the Dollar Tree$1

  • Andres No
    Andres No 4 months ago

    Do you even economics, bruh????

    DRAKKENFIRE22 4 months 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.

  • Admiral Crunch
    Admiral Crunch 4 months ago

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

  • bdk316
    bdk316 4 months ago +4

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

    • Not Sure
      Not Sure 4 months ago

      bdk316 Bridge tolls are up too lmfao

  • Christobal Colombo
    Christobal Colombo 4 months ago

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

    • Kenny Lee
      Kenny Lee 4 months ago

      @Not Sure right just another tax.

    • Not Sure
      Not Sure 4 months ago

      It's to pay for early childhood education, particularly Pre-K

    • Kenny Lee
      Kenny Lee 4 months ago

      That's what they want they you to think. Its just for the money.

  • Alita Kicksa**!
    Alita Kicksa**! 4 months ago +2

    I need to stop drinking it myself.

  • Justin James
    Justin James 4 months 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 4 months ago

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

  • Mary Burke
    Mary Burke 4 months 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 4 months ago +5

    alternative headline: "sugar junkies roaming the countryside"

  • Serial Thrilla
    Serial Thrilla 4 months 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 4 months ago +8

    Flavored carbonated water is actually pretty good and cheap.

    • Jessie Jaie
      Jessie Jaie 4 months 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 Brown
      Jaime Brown 4 months ago


  • Joseph Geiger
    Joseph Geiger 4 months ago +2

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

  • Randy Le
    Randy Le 4 months ago +1

    Yea tax soda so nobody will buy this crap

  • Christian
    Christian 4 months ago

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

  • The Original OG Sports Show

    Americans don’t “need” soda🤷🏽‍♂️

    • Christian
      Christian 4 months ago +2

      Don't need your comment either. Lol JK

  • I'm gone
    I'm gone 4 months ago +1

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

    • Christian
      Christian 4 months ago +1

      @I'm gone Sounds like fun, honestly.

    • I'm gone
      I'm gone 4 months ago +1

      Bootleg soda.
      Good grief. 😶

    • Christian
      Christian 4 months ago +2

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

  • Red Balloon
    Red Balloon 4 months 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 4 months ago +2

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

  • daniel junior
    daniel junior 4 months ago

    That’s actually awsome

  • SCP - 106
    SCP - 106 4 months ago +4

    I’m drinking a coke as I watch this.

  • David Smith
    David Smith 4 months ago


  • Make Racists Afraid Again
    Make Racists Afraid Again 4 months ago +2

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

  • Amber Ambwee
    Amber Ambwee 4 months ago +13

    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 4 months 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.

    • James Phony
      James Phony 4 months 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 4 months ago +15

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

    • Jessie Jaie
      Jessie Jaie 4 months 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 4 months ago

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

    • Jessie Jaie
      Jessie Jaie 4 months ago

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

    • Adam
      Adam 4 months ago

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

    • Adam
      Adam 4 months ago

      Jessie Jaie learn how to write coherently...

  • Thot Patrol
    Thot Patrol 4 months ago +13

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