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Letters Taxing unhealthy foodstuffs

Make the healthy choice the cheaper choice

BMJ 2012; 344 doi: (Published 01 June 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;344:e3834
  1. J T Winkler, professor of nutrition policy (retired)1
  1. 1Nutrition Policy Unit, London Metropolitan University, London, UK
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Taxes on “bad” foods are the dish du jour in nutrition policy.1 The authors recognise that most taxes are small, based on flawed evidence, and have limited, even negative, effects.1

None the less, they propose more taxes, just a bit higher. These are unlikely to be adopted and would be ineffective if they were.

The principal targets are soft drinks and sugar. …

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