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Public health leaders slam Boris Johnson over “sin tax” review plan

BMJ 2019; 366 doi: (Published 04 July 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;366:l4557
  1. Gareth Iacobucci
  1. The BMJ

Experts in public health have condemned comments by the Tory leadership candidate Boris Johnson that he may halt the government’s sugar levy if he becomes the next prime minister.

The comments were made at a leadership campaign event where Johnson pledged to review taxes on sugar, salt, and fat that he argued unfairly punished poor people.

Johnson said, “The recent proposal for a tax on milkshakes seems to me to clobber those who can least afford it. If we want people to lose weight and live healthier lifestyles, we should encourage people to walk, cycle, and generally do more exercise. Rather than just taxing people more, we should look at how effective the so called sin taxes really are …

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