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US results support sugar tax: dentists

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 20/04/2017

Berkeley became the first United States city to introduce such a measure when it added a 10 percent tax to soft drinks in March 2015. © Luis Ascui/Getty Images Berkeley became the first United States city to introduce such a measure when it added a 10 percent tax to soft drinks in March 2015. New Zealand dentists have repeated their call for a sugary drinks tax, citing results in a Californian city.

Berkeley became the first United States city to introduce such a measure when it added a 10 per cent tax to soft drinks in March 2015.

A paper in the journal PLOS Medicine shows sales have been cut by nearly 10 per cent, while bottled water purchases have increased by 16 per cent.

New Zealand Dental Association spokesperson Dr Rob Beaglehole say the results build on a study of Mexico's sugary drinks tax, which also led to a drop in people buying sugary drinks.

"By all means this is not the only measure, but it would be straight forward to introduce," he said.

"The emerging evidence points toward it having an impact - reducing sugary drink consumption, which long-term can reduce the harm that we are seeing from high-sugar drinks."

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