WHO says a tax of 20% results in a drop in sales and consumption of sugary drinks which are driving obesity crisis All countries are being urged to consider introducing a sugary drinks tax by the World Health Organisation as an effective way of curbing the soaring obesity rate, especially in children. The WHO’s advice comes as more and more countries are considering using fiscal measures to dissuade people from buying the large quantities of colas, lemonades and other sugary soft drinks that have been identified as a major cause of the global overweight and obesity crisis.
“If governments tax products like sugary drinks, they can reduce suffering and save lives,” a World Health Organization official said.
The World Health Organization took two actions yesterday to encourage people to cut down on consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages. It issued a report urging national governments to consider taxes: “Taxes on sugary drinks: Why do ...
11 October 2016 | Geneva – Taxing sugary drinks can lower consumption and reduce obesity, type 2 diabetes and tooth decay, says a new WHO report.