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Leverage the Beverage: A Levy on Sugar-Sweetened Beverages in Alberta Could Help Save Lives
The benefits of a levy on sugar-sweetened beverages (SSBs) in Alberta could be substantial, according to new research from the University of Waterloo.
 

Commissioned by the APCCP and leading national organizations, the research indicates that over the next 25 years, a 50 cent per litre levy in Alberta could postpone 1,200 deaths in the province, as well as prevent:
  • 61,300 cases of overweight and obesity
  • 21,700 cases of type 2 diabetes
  • 5,700 cases of ischemic heart disease
  • 2,100 cancer cases
  • 750 stroke cases
The research also indicates that over 25 years, a 50 cent per litre levy could help Albertans live healthier, happier lives by averting around 46,200 disability-adjusted life years.

In terms of economic benefits, such a levy is projected to produce almost $1.1 billion in health care savings and $3.5 billion in tax revenue over the same period.

Read the summary report here

Read the news release here
Support the Call for a Levy on SSBs in Alberta
The APCCP is calling on the Government of Alberta to establish a 50 cent per litre levy on SSBs in the province.

A 50 cent per litre levy can help reduce consumption of these drinks and generate revenue for health promotion initiatives in Alberta.

Help us mobilize and show public support for this important issue.

Write an email or letter to your MLA. For a sample letter and MLA contact information, click here

Spread the word! Share our latest SSB infographic and social media images on Twitter and Facebook.
 

 
Evidence on the potential health and economic benefits of a levy on sugar-sweetened beverages is growing globally. It’s time for the Province of Alberta to stop ignoring this important issue.
-Dr. Kim Raine, APCCP Co-Lead
 


 
ABOUT US: The APCCP is composed of 17 member organizations representing a broad range of practitioners, policy-makers, researchers, and community organizations who work to coordinate efforts, generate evidence, and advocate for policy change to reduce chronic diseases in Alberta. To see who our members are click here.
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