Public health doctors call for a levy on sugar sweetened drinks

BMJ 2013; 347 doi: (Published 08 July 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;347:f4394
  1. Matthew Limb
  1. 1Coventry

The Faculty of Public Health has voiced growing concern about the effect of sugar in the diet and renewed calls for a levy on sugar sweetened drinks.

Delegates at its annual conference raised the matter with public health minister Anna Soubry, who addressed them in Coventry on 3 July.

The faculty said that high sugar consumption needed to be dealt with, and an excise duty of 20 pence per litre would raise around £1bn (€1.16bn; $1.49bn) in taxation revenue that should be ring-fenced for policies to promote children’s health and wellbeing.

Soubry spoke to delegates about public health challenges, including how best to tackle obesity, …

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