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SMH: Time to introduce a sugar tax for our children's sake

Herald journalist Peter FitzSimmons's article discusses the urgent action required to begin to reverse our nation's alarming health statistics. The following central points argue in favour of a sugar sweetened beverage tax:

  1. Overconsumption of sugar is not only causing an obesity epidemic throughout our brown and pleasant land but also causing a shocking increase in such diseases as Type 2 Diabetes.
  2. As a country, as a community, we therefore need to both reduce that consumption and find a way to pay for the soaring health costs.
  3. International best practice is to introduce a sugar tax, which accomplishes three things: discourages the consumption of sugar-laden products; raises revenue now from those who will be using the hospital wards in the future; and encourages manufacturers to lower their sugar content.
Read the full article published Monday, 30 April here.

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