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Portugal to levy sugar tax on soft drinks in 2017

Government expects measure, which would increase price of 330ml can of Coke by 5.5c, to raise €80m for public health Portugal’s Socialist government will introduce a sugar tax on soft drinks in 2017 which is expected to raise €80m (£72m) for the public health service, a budget bill presented on Friday showed. The announcement comes just three days after the World Health Organisation urged countries to start taxing sugary drinks, pointing to evidence that price rises can dramatically reduce consumption.
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