The Public Health Law Center Writes Brief Supporting Philadelphia Sugary Drink Tax

With support from the American Heart Association (AHA), The Public Health Law Center wrote a friend-of-the-court brief arguing that the City of Philadelphia is within its rights to tax sugary drinks for the benefit of the citizens of Philadelphia, decrease consumption of unhealthy beverages, and improve services that impact health.

The brief was filed March 10 with the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania in the case of Lora Jean Williams et al. v. City of Philadelphia et al. Other national health organizations signing on to the brief included American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, American Medical Association, ChangeLab Solutions, The Food Trust, Healthy Food America, MomsRising, National Alliance for Hispanic Health, National Association of Chronic Disease Directors, National Association of County and City Health Officials, National Association of Local Boards of Health, Notah Begay III Foundation, Pennsylvania Medical Society, and Philadelphia County Medical Society. Learn more in the AHA Newsroom or read our synopsis.