World Health Organisation urges all countries to tax sugary drinks
WHO says a tax of 20% results in a drop in sales and consumption of sugary drinks, which are driving obesity crisis
The Guardian "All countries are being urged to consider introducing a sugary drinks tax by the World Health Organisationas an effective way of curbing the soaring obesity rate, especially in children.
The WHO’s advice comes as more and more countries are considering 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.
It will strengthen the hand of campaigners in countries such as Colombia, where the drinks industry has succeeded in having an anti-sugar broadcast banned." (Photo: Baudouin/ flickr)