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Cameron Hints At UK Sugar Tax

by Robert Lee, Tax-News.com, London

12 January 2016


UK Prime Minister David Cameron has refused to rule out the introduction of a "sugar tax" as part of a "fully worked-up program" to tackle obesity.

Cameron told a press conference that while he didn't "really want to put new taxes onto anything," the UK faces "something of an obesity crisis, when we look at the effect of obesity on not just diabetes but the effect on heart disease, potentially on cancer, we look at the costs on the NHS – the life-shortening potential of these problems."

Cameron said that the Government would make announcements regarding its strategy later in the year. He added that "it would be far better if we could make progress on all these issues without having to resort to taxes," but stressed that "what matters is that we do make progress."

TAGS: tax | public health | United Kingdom | Health tax | food | health care | tax reform

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