United Kingdom sugar tax: The experts weigh in

Health taxes 'can reduce consumption' of harmful products among the poor

"If they want a Coca-Cola without sugar, we have Diet Coke and Coca-Cola Zero Sugar, which will not be subject to the tax".

"If I wanted sweeteners in my Ribena I would buy the sugar free version". When bought in volume it offered significant savings, so I can see how with the sugar levy added ontop, it widens the price gap between legitimate and illegitimate stock, so there is a potential for fraud there.

Therefore, implementation of a price variation for customers, between full and reduced sugar offerings, would be a smart business move for many operators across the hospitality industry, and goes hand-in-hand with the rising trend of healthier food and drink choices by consumers. Why should we suffer this draconian approach to obesity?'

Since the sugar tax was announced in 2016, manufacturers have been faced with the decision to either reformulate their products to reduce sugar quantity or stick with their existing high-sugar recipes and face a levy.

Over that limit, the drink will automatically cost more.

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"Taxes on consumer goods are always regressive, in that people on lower income generally pay more as a proportion of their income".

However, you won't have to pay extra if the drink contains at least 75% milk though, so. there's that.

Fanta, Sprite and Dr Pepper are all owned by the Coca-Cola company and all had their recipes changed in 2017 - presumably in response to the sugar tax.

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It is hoped the tax will encourage drinks companies to cut down on the amount of sugar in drinks, and consumers to choose lower sugar alternatives.

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The so-called "sin taxes" have been found to prolong people's lives, according to a major worldwide study.

Yearly sales of sodas in Mexico declined 6 percent in 2014, after the tax was introduced (Wall Street Journal).

But, if they grow so much that they exceed the 1 million litre threshold, they will have to register for the tax within 30 days of the month's end.

These non-communicable diseases (NCDs) are linked to lifestyle and are described in the report as a "major cause and consequence" of poverty.

"Sugar intake from soft drinks has been declining year-on-year since 2013 yet figures from the NHS state that obesity prevalence increased from 15 per cent in 1993 to 27 per cent in 2015".

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