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    Sugar Tax

    Do you think the government has gone far enough? Or is this tax even fair?

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-38212608

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    It makes no sense, the tax misses out sugary milk drinks and fruit juices, which leads one to wonder what is the point of the tax? What are they trying to accomplish?

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    It is suggested that this tax will bring in an extra 550million for the year 2017-18, and a similar amount thereafter. So what will the money go on? I also see there is a two their tax system based on the levels of sugar in the drinks.

    Fruit juices miss out because the sugar content is natural, and not added. The milky drinks are okay, because people benefit from the calcium in the milk.

    Won't this just mean that the market will be flooded with sugar free, low sugar, diet drinks, which are just as bad for your health as the full fat versions.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tom32 View Post
    It makes no sense, the tax misses out sugary milk drinks and fruit juices, which leads one to wonder what is the point of the tax? What are they trying to accomplish?
    To be seen to doing something even though it probably will not achieve it's (stated) aim.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tony View Post
    To be seen to doing something even though it probably will not achieve it's (stated) aim.
    Do you mean as a PR stunt?

    Surely it just adds further confusion to the public about what drinks are acceptable and which are not.

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    I think it just adds more confusion to everyday folk about what drinks are okay. In my opinion water should be drank if your thirsty, fizzy drinks, milk drinks and fruit juices, cordials etc are all just chemicals or sugar that is just not needed in our diets.

    There should be an educational drive to promote knowledge along side these taxation ideas.

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    Here is a link to a great article about our addiction to sugar https://www.theguardian.com/society/...t-popular-drug

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    It is very difficult not to be addicted to sugar in the society we live in today. Everything has sugar in, so even when you don't actively feed your kinds sugar, they crave it as a result of hidden sugars.

    It's hard to control what they eat outside of the home too, kids don't think of water as a drink, they expect something with flavour.

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    'Likewise, sugary milkshake and yogurt drinks will also be excluded.
    Ministers were concerned that teenagers, particularly girls, were not getting enough calcium and so taxing these drinks might be counterproductive'

    The above statement was taken from the BBC news site, I thought it was widely known that milk is not a good source of calcium, and surely the sugar in the drinks counteracts any health benefits the drink may offer. Will this lead to a flood of flavoured milk drinks on the market, marketed as the healthier option?

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    Why is it taking so long to introduce the sugar tax? When they do the budget the tax on fuel goes on almost immediately, why wait?

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