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    Default Sugar tax - yes or no?

    I was just reading about the proposed sugar tax, apparently soft drinks would go up approx 40cents per 100g - is that enough to stop people buying them or is it just another way to get more taxes?

    http://mobile.abc.net.au/news/2016-1...74?pfmredir=sm

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    Obesity costs taxpayers $5.3 billion annually, one in three Australians classed as obese

    A tax of 40 cents per 100 grams of sugar would lift the price of a two-litre bottle by about 80 cents

    Taxing soft drinks has shown to help cut rising obesity

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    I'm not sure if it will actually stop people from drinking it. However if we would could guarantee that the proceeds of the tax went to health initiatives (like extra funding for preventative medicine, healthy eating programs for schools etc...) then I would be all for it.

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    I think it's like increasing the cost of smoking; they just go without other things to be able to afford their vice. An increase of 80c for a 2L bottle is minor so probably wouldn't even have to go without other things.

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    The soft drink companies always appeared to be absolutely the biggest controller of what happens in supermarkets (back when I used to work in one), they set the price, when it will go on sale, how many aisle ends they get and when, shelf spacing. It is a huge industry and dwarfs most other 'foods'.

    If they're just using sugar content then where does this stop (where should it stop)? Fruit 'drink'? Gatorade? Lollies? Jam? Sweet chilli sauce? Dried fruit? Glucodin tablets?

    The "health rating" on breakfast cereals is a perfect example of how easy it is to dress a wolf in sheep's clothing. Will this potentially create a new industry of "carbonated health drinks" with sugar levels just below the set cutoff (which will probably be pretty high)? What about diet soft drinks and the studies linking them to obesity?

    I don't see the price hike deterring many but if the revenue generated could go towards education or programs like funding fruit in schools then it's a step in the right direction.

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    Quote Originally Posted by binnielici View Post
    I'm not sure if it will actually stop people from drinking it. However if we would could guarantee that the proceeds of the tax went to health initiatives (like extra funding for preventative medicine, healthy eating programs for schools etc...) then I would be all for it.
    This!

    I don't think it will be a deterrent. Sugary drinks like these are highly addictive, just like cigarettes or drugs or alcohol, if you raise the price of those other 3 things, I doubt it would stop or reduce usage.

    But it would be good if those buying the drinks could contribute to the very health system that will inevitable treat most of them when they end up with medical conditions from their poor diet.

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    Default Sugar tax - yes or no?

    I worry it'll push people towards diet soft drinks. IMO they are much worse.

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    I'm also scared it'll result in the drinks manufacturers tinkering with the recipes. Like they've done with things like paddle pops to make them healthier. They may be healthier but they aren't as nice 😞
    I love my daily can of coke and don't want anyone to muck with it.

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    If the tax raised was actually going to be used for health education or some sort of benefit to the general public, then yes, I would support it. I expect, however, the money would just become part of the general revenue and no one would be any better for it. Personally, I don't think it would make much difference to my habits, I drink diet softdrinks, but I will sometimes eat lollies or sweet biscuits and other junk. I really don't think it will be introduced. marie.

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    Haven't they already introduced in the UK? How has it gone there? (If they have....)
    I wouldn't be adverse to it, but I never buy/drink soft drink...if I ever buy for a special occasion for the kids it's flavored mineral water. Hope they don't tax tonic...I need that for my G&Ts 😉

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    I would think possibly yes.. but I would like to see the profits subsidise the cost of healthy foods... For example it's much cheaper to buy a bucket of chips or a pie than a salad roll or a salad if you are somewhere for lunch. Or even a Vegemite sandwich for the kids is usually just as expensive if not more so than the high fat and sugar option.. bottled water is more often the same price as soft drink


 

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