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Letters Sugar tax to subsidise vegetables

Taxing sugar should be just one element of a multifaceted campaign

BMJ 2015; 351 doi: (Published 18 August 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;351:h4388
  1. Michael Craig Watson, associate professor of public health1,
  2. John Lloyd, immediate past president2
  1. 1Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Queen’s Medical Centre, University of Nottingham, Nottingham NG7 2HA, UK
  2. 2Institute of Health Promotion and Education, Welwyn, UK
  1. Michael.Watson{at}

We agree that sugar sweetened drinks should be taxed,1 but on its own this policy may have little effect and may even be counterproductive.

In addition to fiscal measures, a diverse range of approaches is needed, such as developing personal skills, creating supportive environments, and reorienting health services so that …

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