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Danes impose 25% tax increases on ice cream, chocolate, and sweets to curb disease

BMJ 2010; 341 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.c3592 (Published 06 July 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;341:c3592
  1. Rebecca Wilkins
  1. 1London

    The Danish government has imposed tax increases of 25% on ice cream, chocolate, and sweets and will also increase taxes on soft drinks, tobacco, and alcohol products in a bid to reduce the burden on public health services and to tackle obesity, heart disease, and other illnesses.

    The 25% increase, which came into effect on 1 July, was proposed in November 2009 in the Danish Ministry of Taxation’s paper Tax Reform 2010 (www.skm.dk/foreign/english/8013.html). The paper states that the aim of the tax rises is “to reduce the prevalence of a broad range of illnesses and improve life expectancy.”

    Taxation on tobacco products will …

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