Philadelphians have known a new soda tax was coming since June, when Mayor Kenney signed into law a bill placing a 1.5-cent-per-ounce levy on sugary drinks, including diet beverages.
Photos and observations of receipts and store displays reflecting new, higher prices were generating debate on social media.
Some Philadelphians expressed relief at not having a soda habit, or indicated they might start drinking less of the taxed beverages.
Others suggested they would start shopping for sweetened drinks elsewhere
And some wondered whether stores were simply using the new levy as an excuse to raise prices.