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Taxes On Tobacco, Alcohol, Soda Can Help Reduce NCDs, Lancet Task Force Says

Bloomberg: Taxing Soda and Booze Can Spark Healthy Spiral, Experts Say
“…Taxing products such as soda, alcohol, and tobacco can steer consumers toward healthier choices and avert a ruinous tumble in which obesity fuels disease and medical costs push people further into poverty, data from countries ranging from Chile to India show. The analysis was published Wednesday in The Lancet medical journal…” (Paton, 4/4).

The Guardian: Tax sugar, alcohol, and tobacco to help the poor, say experts
“…[Experts] warn of the urgent need to check the spread of cancers, diabetes, heart disease, stroke, and other conditions caused or exacerbated by our lifestyles which have overtaken infectious diseases as the biggest killers of the modern age. Five papers published in The Lancet medical journal say these non-communicable diseases (NCDs) are having a big and growing impact in low and middle-income countries, following in the footsteps of affluent nations. Those countries have 80 percent of resultant deaths…” (Boseley, 4/4).

Intellectual Property Watch: Major Study Finds Taxes On Soda, Alcohol, Tobacco Help Curb NCDs; Study Restarts U.N. Momentum
“…[T]his report, with its set of five papers and ties to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), puts the issue back on the table and has the potential to reinvigorate and give direction to the global discussions. It comes in time for the late May annual World Health Assembly, and U.N. efforts on NCDs later this year…” (New, 4/5).

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