Sugar Tax Could be Life Saving

sugarSince the UK introduced their soft drinks sugar levy, there’s been a lot of talk about doing the same here in Australia.

According to researchers a 20 per cent tax on sugar-sweetened drinks could save more than 1600 lives. It could also raise $400 million a year for health initiatives.

The study, jointly undertaken by the Obesity Policy Coalition and the University of Queensland’s School of Public Health is the first to show impact of a sugary drinks tax.

In the first 25 years of the introduction of the sugary drinks tax, there could be 16,000 less cases of type 2 diabetes and 4400 fewer cases of heart disease. The number of stroke cases would also decline, by an estimated 1000 cases.  Read more: