The goal of this study is to provide much needed scientific evidence about whether the Philadelphia beverage tax is associate with changes in beverage availability and targeted marketing, with a focus on drinks commonly consumed by children ages 0-5 and Black and Latinx households with young children. Specific aims include: (1) Compare changes in retail availability (large and small retailers) of the beverages most frequently consumed by young children ages 2-5 (based on national data) following the implementation of the beverage tax in Philadelphia compared with Baltimore (a control city without a tax); (2) Assess whether beverage marketing for young children in Philadelphia includes different amounts of local media (i.e., TV, magazine, Internet) and advertising via mobile devices for taxed beverages and sweetened, non-taxed beverages (e.g., flavored milk) compared to Baltimore; and (3) Evaluate whether Black and Latinx families with children ages 0 to 5 in Philadelphia and Baltimore are exposed to more beverage advertising on digital device media and local media compared to white families.
Changes in Beverage Availability and Targeted Marketing Associated with the Philadelphia Beverage Tax
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