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Majority public support for sugar tax

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 9/04/2016
<p>Sugary drinks</p> © Bloomberg

Sugary drinks

A poll shows majority public support for a tax on sugary drinks.

About 66 per cent of people favour a tax on soft drinks and 29 per cent are against, according to a Colmar Brunton poll commissioned by One News.

The issue hit the headlines last month when the British government made the surprise announcement it was going to introduce the tax on soft drinks in two years' time - to tackle a growing obesity crisis.

New Zealand's health minister, Jonathan Coleman, has said there is no conclusive evidence that links a sugar tax with a decrease in obesity.

More than 70 university academics have implored the government to slap a 20 per cent tax on sugary drinks, saying there is plenty of evidence it will help fight childhood obesity.

A sugary drinks tax would be expected to raise $30-$40 million which could be used to boost funding for obesity prevention programs.

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