Public Service Europe discusses new IEA research
Apart from such an intervention being fundamentally at odds with basic Conservative philosophy, such a tax would be most unlikely to have other than deleterious outcomes. Unlike tobacco – calories are not addictive and unlike alcohol, calories are not potentially a cause of violence. Hence to regard them as a harmful product requires some special justification. Consumer ignorance of the adverse health consequences could be put forward as an argument for taxation. It is clear, however, from the abundance of UK government health campaigns, diet plans, health clubs, diet sodas and low calorie supermarket meals that consumers do not wish to be obese and want to lose weight. They are clearly not ignorant.
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