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Letters Tax on sugared drinks

How to raise the prices of unhealthy foods

BMJ 2010; 341 doi: (Published 04 August 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;341:c4177
  1. Jack T Winkler, director1
  1. 1Nutrition Policy Unit, London N1 7AB
  1. jtw{at}

    When food campaigners don’t like something, their first reaction is to tax it. The latest example is the soft drink tax in the US.1 All such taxes have failed, so we keep getting fatter and fatter.

    When are public health advocates going to get clever, instead of crying conspiracy every time they lose?

    Let’s start at square one. People hate taxes. Americans hate …

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