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Sixty seconds on . . . soda taxes

BMJ 2016; 355 doi: (Published 15 November 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;355:i6094
  1. Anne Gulland
  1. London

A “soda tax”? We’re not in the US (thank goodness!)

I know, but soda sounds much snappier than sugar sweetened beverages. Anyway, the NHS has launched a consultation on whether to introduce a levy on the sale of sugary drinks or to ban them completely from NHS premises. NHS England’s chief executive, Simon Stevens, said he did not want hospitals to be “marketing joints for junk food and unhealthy sodas.”

Quite right. Patients should not be exposed to such unhealthy food

Nor should staff and visitors, …

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