Study: Soda tax could save 26,000 lives every year

Soda machine (David Duprey)

January 10, 2012 8:32:17 AM PST
Doctors from UCSF and San Francisco General said a one cent tax on sweetened beverages would prevent 26,000 deaths over 10 years.

In addition, they believe the tax would deter enough people from drinking sodas that 100,000 cases of heart disease would be prevented. The study also estimates $17 billion in health-care related savings.

The average American drinks 70,000 calories of sweetened beverages a year.