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Washington: Researchers Awarded RWJF Grant to Study Impact of Soda Taxes on Low-income Communities

Dr. Jessica Jones-Smith and Dr. James Krieger from the University of Washington School of Public Health were recently awarded a $200,000 grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to assess the impact of sugary drink taxes and tax revenues on low-income families and their communities.

Dr. Jones-Smith is an associate professor of health services and epidemiology and Dr. Krieger is a clinical professor of health services and executive director of Healthy Food America, an organization that advocates for greater access to healthy food and for reduction of sugary drinks in the American diet.

In the study, the researchers will examine the extent to which taxes on sugar-sweetened beverages are regressive – that is, they place a greater tax burden on low-income households – and whether progressive investments of those tax revenues in low-income communities affect the net economic impact on those households. They also plan to quantify the magnitude of this tax burden on low-income families in Seattle, Philadelphia and San Francisco, three American cities that have implemented soda taxes.

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