Lifestyle Economics

Five years on, the sugar tax still isn’t working


Energy and Environment

Andy Mayer writes in CapX

Government and Institutions

Mark Littlewood writes in The Times

Christopher Snowdon quoted in The Mail

IEA Head of Lifestyle Economics Christopher Snowdon has been quoted in The Daily Mail discussing the failure of the sugar tax five years on from implementation.

Christopher said:

“There is no evidence from anywhere around the world which shows that these policies lead to a reduction in weight, obesity or even overall calorie intake,

“There has been a decrease in the amount of sugar consumed from soft drinks, but manufacturers reformulated their products a year or two before the tax came in.

“Arguably much of that was to do with the general campaigning that was going on around sugar intake, rather than the tax itself.

“There’s also evidence that, when you bring in these taxes, people may stop buying sugary drinks but substitute them for other sugary products instead.”

The full article can be read here.

Christopher discussed the sugar tax on The Mail’s, which you can listen to here.