Research & Practice

The Seattle Sugar-Sweetened Beverage Tax: A Case Study in Policy

Sugar-sweetened beverage (SSB) taxes have been proposed as a means of curbing the tide of obesity and diabetes in the United States.1 Despite their public health potential, many of these proposed taxes have been met with intense opposition by the beverage industry. The Seattle SSB tax (CB 118965) was proposed in by Mayor Ed Murray in February 2017, and passed in June 2017. In January 2018, the tax was implemented and was quickly met with controversy by local business owners and news outlets.

This project will provide a case study report on behalf of the advocacy group the Childhood Obesity Prevention Coalition (COPC) on the Seattle SSB tax from its initial proposal to its implementation in January 2018.

Materials Available

Project Type(s): MPH Practicum, PH Concentration Poster

Author(s): Anna E. Bradshaw

Program(s): Master of Public Health, RDN Training

Year: 2018