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Sugar tax starts in the United Kingdom, but will it happen here?

Sugar tax starts in the United Kingdom, but will it happen here?

Ireland's sugar tax is earmarked for May 1.

Dr Anne Marie Thow, senior lecturer in health policy from the University of Sydney, said while the word "tax" brings about negative connotations in the public sphere, the recommendations from The Lancet report are created to ultimately benefit the community.

Ahead of the introduction of the tax some manufacturers lowered sugar content in their drinks, but this has led to the introduction of artificial sweeteners in some cases.

Before the sugar levy, 5% of soft drinks in the United Kingdom came from untraceable sources, also known as grey stock, but the Federation of Wholesale Distributors (FWD) and the British Soft Drinks Association (BSDA) told Retail Express this could rise.

He said: "As an industry we recognise we have a role to play in tackling obesity".

Over that limit, the drink will automatically cost more.

"We hope these measures will go some way in encouraging people to cut down on the amount of sugar they are consuming, but a levy on its own will not solve the obesity crisis - it must be part of a broader strategy which targets patients' overall lifestyle changes including diet and exercise".

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The new levy will not be paid on milk-based drinks and fruit juices. That estimate has since been halved due to manufacturers reducing the amount of sugar found in their beverages. The worst offenders include Ribena, Dr Pepper and Coca-Cola, which all have over 8g of sugar per 100ml. Many argue that having a Coke or whatever other sugary drink is a personal choice and shouldn't be taxed - however, similar taxes have always been applied to alcohol and tobacco (among others) in most parts of the world. Simply put, eating lots of sugar makes you fat, and if you're thinking "but I don't really eat that much sugar" - then think again.

Philip Davies branded it an "unnecessary nanny-state tax I would expect from a socialist Government, not a Conservative one". Daniel Pryor of the Adam Smith Institute think tank blasted the "paternalistic" sugar tax, saying: "Our poorly-designed, paternalistic sugary drinks tax will hurt poor people". There will be additional 8 pence on a can of Coca Cola, Pepsi, Red Bull, Irn Bru, Old Jamaica Ginger Beer, Lucozade Energy Original.

The so-called "sin taxes" have been found to prolong people's lives, according to a major global study.

How much is the tax?

These non-communicable diseases (NCDs) are linked to lifestyle and are described in the report as a "major cause and consequence" of poverty.

In addition to the changes already made to leading soft drinks, the department believes the tax will "incentivise individuals to opt for healthier drinks".

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