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“The World Health Organisation’s decision to exclude taxes on food and drink from its list of formal recommendations is welcome. Sugar taxes have never reduced obesity anywhere. They only raise the cost of living and clobber people on low incomes.
“Today’s U-turn shows that members of the WHO’s own independent panel recognise the lack of evidence for such taxes. Although the WHO continues to support sin taxes on tobacco and alcohol, the exclusion of food and drink from this report is good news for the world’s poor.”
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Recently published IEA analysis showed that raising taxes on HFSS food (high in fat, sugar or salt), soft drinks, tobacco and alcohol would cost British households an extra £458 a year. Click here to read the full report.
For more on the sugar tax from the IEA, click here.
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