A CHOICES analysis projects that the proposed SSB excise tax policy in Illinois will prevent thousands of cases of childhood and adult obesity, prevent new cases of diabetes, increase healthy life years and save more in future health care costs than it costs to implement. Revenue from the tax can be used for education and health promotion efforts. Implementing the tax could also serve as a powerful social signal to reduce sugar consumption. The additional $0.01/ounce tax on SSBs and diet beverages passed in Cook County would result in an even greater impact on heath outcomes and health care cost savings for Cook County residents not modeled in this analysis.
April 25, 2017