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A Sugar Tax would be ineffective and harmful


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Commenting on Jamie Oliver’s calls to introduce a sugar tax at the Health Select Committee today, Chris Snowdon, Director of Lifestyle Economics at the Institute of Economic Affairs, said:

“Sugar taxes are incredibly inefficient and are particularly damaging to people on low incomes. The UK should learn from international evidence – in Denmark a fat tax was instituted and abandoned just 15 months later – and avoid going down this route.”

‘If Jamie Oliver thinks sugar is so dangerous, he should stop selling fizzy drinks altogether. He should also stop selling recipe books full of sugar-laden cakes, biscuits, drinks and main courses. He won’t, of course, because as a businessman he understands the concept of free choice and as a chef he understands tasty food.”

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