Dawn of the sugar tax?

Dawn of the sugar tax?

The British Medical Association (BMA) has published a report calling for an end to marketing sweets and sugary drinks to children and a 20 per cent 'sugar tax' on fizzy and fruit drinks.

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The tax on sugary drinks hopes to tackle the growing child obesity and dental health crisis in the UK by hiking prices to discourage children from buying fizzy drinks. The tax could in turn subsidise fruit and veg.

Dental surgeons have said children are waiting up to a year to have rotten teeth removed because so many need treatment, and almost 50,000 children a year are being admitted to hospital to have teeth removed under general anaesthetic. The report says that too many children have no concept of where their food actually comes from.

The government has published data showing that children and teenagers are consuming 40 per cent more sugar than the recommended allowance. Just one can of Coca Cola exceeds a child's recommended daily allowance.

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