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

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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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)75-88
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Public Health Policy
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 2012


  • law
  • obesity
  • policy
  • public health
  • sugar-sweetened beverages

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health Policy
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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