Sugar taxes have not reduced obesity rates anywhere in the world
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The sugar levy is a cynical revenue raising device
“Many countries have tried taxing soft drinks and none of them has seen a decline in obesity. The UK will be no different. The sugar levy is a cynical revenue raising device that will clobber people on low incomes.
“The British public are being treated like children. Thanks to the sugar levy, several iconic brands – including Ribena, Irn-Bru and Lucozade – have effectively been discontinued. The artificially sweetened forgeries that have replaced them are extraordinarily unpopular with consumers. Millions of people are having their choices restricted by a bossy government in thrall to the fanatical ‘public health’ lobby.
“Unless reason prevails, this will only be the start of tobacco-style regulation of the food supply. The inevitable failure of the sugar tax will be followed by more taxes, more bans and more unwanted reformulation.”
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There is no correlation between sugary drink consumption and obesity. Per capita consumption of sugary drinks fell by 45 per cent between 2003 and 2015 while obesity rose from 23% to 26%.
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