Examining the cost-effectiveness and impact of a sugary drink tax in Utah

Through the CHOICES Learning Collaborative Partnership, partners at the Salt Lake County Health Department worked with the CHOICES Project Team to model the potential implementation of a state excise tax on sugary drinks (at a tax rate of $0.02/ounce) in Utah. The tax modeled is projected to be cost-saving and result in lower levels of sugary drink consumption, thousands of cases of obesity prevented, and hundreds of millions of dollars in health care cost savings. For every dollar invested, this tax is projected to save $28.88 in health care costs.

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