The UK is introducing a sugar tax:
HOW WILL THE SUGAR LEVY WORK?
Britain’s sugar-levy will begin in 2018 which the government hopes will give manufacturers time to reduce the amount of sugar in their drinks.
Drinks will more than 8 grams of sugar per 100 millilitres will be taxed at a higher rate than drinks with less than 5 grams of sugar per 100 millilitres.
“Pure fruit juices” and milkshakes will not be subject to the sugar-levy.
ISN’T THAT UNFAIR?
Expect the soft-drink industry to argue this point given thickshakes, milkshakes, smoothies and juices can all contain a lot of sugar but won’t be taxed under this measure.
This will raise the Government a lot of money but I guarantee it will not reduce obesity in any way. Calories come from multiple sources, and a tax on a source which in NZ is just 1.5% of average calories consumed will achieve nothing in terms of reducing obesity.