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Feb 28, 2017 / Richard Hall

Lower taxes for healthier products

If Governments want to tax us more for less healthy products, why won’t they tax us less for more healthy products ?

There is no law that taxes can only go up, even though it sometimes seems that way.

I’m not an advocate of taxing sugar or even taxing any particular group of products containing sugar. That alone won’t make enough difference to obesity.

But if there are to be sticks, there should also be carrots.

I find it astonishing that two beverages high recommended in many national dietary guidelines are taxed at all and sometimes more than other food and drink products.

In the United Kingdom, the tax rates on a selection of products is:


There’s a new UK campaign called ‘DontTaxHealthy’. They deserve to be heard.

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