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Mike Bloomberg American businessman and politician, former mayor of new york city

Noncommunicable diseases are a growing global crisis, especially in low-and-middle income countries. There’s substantial evidence that taxes and fiscal policies are essential to confronting this health threat.
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David Haslam Chairman of the National Obesity Forum

Currently NOF [National Obesity Forum] are calling for a sugar tax on sugar sweetened beverages [SSBs], but a call for a tax for sugary foods is just around the corner.
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Philip Hammond U.K. Treasury chief

Producers are already reformulating sugar out of their drinks [even before the sugar tax comes into effect]

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Mark Mustio Republican member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives

We’re seeing that those places where families buy their food and groceries are starting to lose money, and we don’t want them to close.
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Jacob Rees-Mogg British politician

The tax system is not there to tell us how to live our lives.
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Paul Polman CEO, Unilever

In essence, there is nothing wrong with [sugar], it depends on how your diet is. In some products it makes more sense, in others not. I personally am very mindful of my sugar intake. But I don’t need a tax for that, nor do poor people need a tax for that. Poor people need to be helped not being poor, that’s probably a bigger thing than anything else.

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