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WHO Recommends Nations Use Tax Policy To Increase Prices Of Sugary Drinks To Improve Diet, Fight Noncommunicable Diseases

Associated Press: WHO urges countries to raise taxes on sugary drinks
“The U.N. health agency on Tuesday recommended that countries use tax policy to increase the price of sugary drinks like sodas, sport drinks, and even 100-percent fruit juices as a way to fight obesity, diabetes, and tooth decay…” (10/11).

Reuters: Tax sugary drinks to fight obesity and diabetes, World Health Organization says
“…If retail prices of sugar-sweetened drinks are increased by 20 percent through taxation, there is a proportional drop in consumption, it said in a report titled ‘Fiscal Policies for Diet and Prevention of Noncommunicable Diseases.’ Obesity more than doubled worldwide between 1980 and 2014, with 11 percent of men and 15 percent of women classified as obese — more than 500 million people, the WHO said…” (Nebehay, 10/11).

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