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J Public Health Policy. 2012 Feb;33(1):75-88. doi: 10.1057/jphp.2011.46. Epub 2011 Aug 25.

Advanced policy options to regulate sugar-sweetened beverages to support public health.

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Yale Rudd Center for Food Policy & Obesity, Yale University, 309 Edwards Street, PO Box 208369, New Haven, Connecticut 06520, USA.


Consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages (SSBs) has increased worldwide. As public health studies expose the detrimental impact of SSBs, consumer protection and public health advocates have called for increased government control. A major focus has been on restricting marketing of SSBs to children, but many innovative policy options--legally defensible ways to regulate SSBs and support public health--are largely unexplored. We describe the public health, economic, and retail marketing research related to SSBs (including energy drinks). We review policy options available to governments, including mandatory factual disclosures, earmarked taxation, and regulating sales, including placement within retail and food service establishments, and schools. Our review describes recent international initiatives and classifies options available in the United States by jurisdiction (federal, state, and local) based on legal viability.

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