Tax won’t
solve obesity

It requires a holistic, multi-stakeholder approach.

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Discriminatory taxes
don’t work

Research has failed to prove that such taxes reduce obesity rates in a meaningful way.

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Discriminatory taxes have unintended consequences

They can have a negative economic and social impact.

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If tax is

It should be differentiated and broad-based.

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This site provides an information resource on food and drink taxation.

It is designed to be a one-stop destination for those looking for factual information on the impact of food and drink taxes on populations and economies. The site is sponsored by UNESDA Soft Drinks Europe.

Latest Updates from around the World


“There is little evidence to demonstrate that a tax on soft drinks actually tackles obesity”, experts say

While the UK is implementing its tax on soft drinks, experts provide their insights on the broader context and trends on sugar reduction in the UK. Anna Masing, from Stylus, underlines that we are...

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Lithuanian government opts for reformulation rather than taxation

At the end of January 2018, the Lithuanian Health Minister Aurelijus Veryga announced the country would not introduce a tax on sugar but will work with food producers to reduce sugar, salt and fat thr...

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New Zealand Health Ministry reports finds that evidence of sugar taxes improving health is weak

On 30 January 2018, a report from Peter Wilson and Sarah Hogan, commissioned by the Ministry of Health of New Zealand to review the evidence around the efficiency of sugar taxes. It concluded that evi...

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Why food and drink
taxes don’t work

Watch a short video to find out why tax won’t solve obesity, discriminatory taxes don’t work and discriminatory taxes have unintended consequences.