The sugar tax implemented by the British Government becomes effective today. The price of some unhealthy drinks is about to go up – in the hope that we will make “better” choices.
An anti-obesity drive is about to see a tax introduced on sugary drinks across the UK, while Scotland is set to impose a minimum price on alcohol to target problem drinking.
But does making unhealthy products more expensive persuade people to make “better” choices? And what are the trade-offs associated with doing so?Everybody will pay more
The price increases being introduced could lead to significant health improvements, but they will be felt by everybody, not just those with the unhealthiest lifestyles.
From 6 April, the UK’s tax on sugary drinks will see shoppers asked to pay 18p or 24p more a litre, depending on just how much has been added to their drinks. The price of a 1.75-litre bottle of cola bought from a supermarket could increase by about 25%.
In Scotland, from May, alcohol will not be allowed to be sold for less than 50p per unit, which could see a four-pack of cider cost 10% more, while a pack of 20 cans could double in price. Wales is looking at similar measures.
You can read the full article here. What do you think? Would you like a similar policy in your country? Do you think it adresses the cause of obesity and will be efficient in fighting against child obesity?
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