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NOAHE Rounds III Session 3: The Health and Financial Impacts of a Sugary Drink Tax Across Different Income Groups in Canada

Overconsumption of sugar-sweetened beverages (SSBs) contributes to obesity and numerous related diseases, including heart disease, strokes, cancers, and type 2 diabetes. It also increases healthcare costs. Sugary drink taxes have been implemented in several countries to curb sugar intake. However, there is a concern that sugary drink taxes are regressive. This session is to present a study that assessed the impact of a sugary drink tax on health and financial inequality across different income groups in Canada. This study built upon an existing Canadian sugary drink tax model by Jones et al. and the income-specific parameters modelled included: population demographics; cross- and own-price elasticities; mean BMI; sugary drink consumption; mortality; and disease epidemiology. In this presentation, methods, the findings and implications will be discussed.


Kai-Erh Kao profile pictureKai-Erh Kao recently completed her MSc in Health Policy Research at the School of Public Health, University of Alberta. Her thesis is to use economic models to simulate the health and financial impact of sugary drink taxes on different income groups in Canada. Kai also recently finished a summer internship with APERSU conducting outcome research. Before her MSc program, she worked as a marketing intern and assistant in biotech and pharmaceutical companies. Her research interests include health economics and economic evaluation.

Event Details

Date: Wednesday, November 20, 2019
Time: 12:15 pm - 1:15 pm MT
Location: University of Alberta, ECHA 3-099 (Google map link)


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Upcoming Rounds

Please note, the NOAHE Rounds schedule is tentative and subject to change.

  • January 15, 2020 – University of Calgary
  • February 19, 2020 – IHE
  • March 18, 2020 – University of Alberta
  • April 15, 2020 – University of Calgary
  • May 20, 2020 – IHE

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