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A workplace sales ban and motivational intervention can reduce sugar-sweetened beverage intake and improve cardiometabolic health
  1. Tuyen Van Duong
  1. School of Nutrition and Health Sciences, Taipei Medical University, Taipei, Taiwan
  1. Correspondence to Dr Tuyen Van Duong, School of Nutrition and Health Sciences, Taipei Medical University, Taipei 11031, Taiwan; duongtuyenvna{at}

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Commentary on: Epel ES, Hartman A, Jacobs LM, et al. Association of a workplace sales ban on sugar-sweetened beverages with employee consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages and health. JAMA Intern Med 2019;180:9–16.

Implications for practice and research

  • The impact of a workplace sales ban and motivational interventions on reducing sugar-sweetened beverages (SSBs) consumption and health should be investigated in other settings.

  • SSB sales bans and brief motivation may be a useful combination within public health strategy.


The interventions targeting SSB intake reduction have been implemented in different settings, for example, schools, retailing and food service establishments.1 The environmental interventions include labelling, nutrition standards in public institutions and economic tools (eg, taxes). The association between taxes on SSB consumption has been investigated previously.2 Epel et al sought to explore the potential benefits of an environmental intervention (sales ban, …

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  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Commissioned; internally peer reviewed.