The consumption of sugary drinks will not be impacted by a half-cent per ounce tax, according to new data published in the Journal of Agricultural Economics.

The study, funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the National Institutes of Health, examined how a sugar-sweetened beverage tax would impact consumers. The American Heart Association supports one cent per ounce taxes with funding dedicated to study the effectiveness of the tax.

Sugary drinks, such as sodas, sugar-sweetened juices and fruit-flavored drinks, are a major component of Americans’ daily diet and contribute to the obesity epidemic.

In 2005, children between the ages of 12 and 19 spent an estimated $159 billion on food, candy and soft drinks.

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