Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Sugary Drink Taxes For Health or Test of Patience

Sugar's detrimental effects on long-term health are well documented. Whether or not taxation of sugary drinks will cut demand for cut is unlikely. Sure, soda's, power drinks, and sports drinks contain some form of sugar, but so do yogurts, cereals, energy bars, children's snacks, an so on. Does sugar drink taxes accomplish anything more than boosting local tax coffers and/or shifting where or how the offending items are purchased?

Headline: WHO urges taxing sugary drinks, but are such measures effective?

\(CNN)Governments should tax sugary drinks to stave off obesity, diabetes and other noncommunicable diseases, the World Health Organization urged.

"If governments tax products like sugary drinks, they can reduce suffering and save lives," said Dr. Douglas Bettcher, director of WHO's Department for the Prevention of Noncommunicable Diseases in a statement. "They can also cut healthcare costs and increase revenues to invest in health services."



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