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Examining attitudes toward a proposed sugar-sweetened beverage tax among urban Indigenous adults: a qualitative study using a decolonizing lens – CMAJ

October 10, 2023


Background: Sugar-sweetened beverage taxation has been proposed as a public health policy to reduce consumption, and compared with other ethnic or racialized groups in Canada, off-reserve Indigenous populations consume sugar-sweetened beverages at higher frequencies and quantities. We sought to explore the acceptability and anticipated outcomes of a tax on sugar-sweetened beverages among Indigenous adults residing in an inner-city Canadian neighbourhood.

Methods: Using a community-based participatory research approach, we conducted semistructured interviews (November 2019–August 2020) with urban Indigenous adults using purposive sampling. Interviews were audio-recorded, transcribed verbatim and analyzed using theoretical thematic analysis.

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