Open uri20180921 4 rfgmqo?1537546381

Rachel Cooke British journalist

Some anti-obesity campaigners are busy arguing that the new sugar tax, which applies to any soft drink containing more than 5g of sugar per 100ml, should now be extended to, among other items, the huge caramel lattes sold by high street coffee shops. It isn’t, of course, very hard to see why, even before you learn that some of these vat-sized drinks contain up to 25 teaspoons of sugar (there are a... See More
Open uri20180921 4 30jky1?1537544979

Rosa DeLauro American politician

There is a clear relationship between sugar-sweetened beverages and a host of health conditions, including diabetes, heart disease, obesity and tooth decay. We are at a crucial tipping point. The SWEET Act would help correct the path we are currently on.
Open uri20180921 4 1sksox9?1537544136

Robert Jenrick British lawyer

In the time between announcing this policy and it taking effect, more than half of all soft drinks have been reformulated to lower sugar content.

Institute for Fiscal Studies British financial research institute/think tank

Our results show that young consumers would lower their sugar consumption by more than older individuals in response to a soda tax. The tax, therefore, succeeds in achieving relatively large reductions in sugar among one group.
Open uri20180921 4 1yc5pdf?1537542477

Steve Brine British politician

Our teenagers consume nearly a bathtub of sugary drinks each year on average, fuelling a worrying obesity trend. The levy is a ground-breaking policy that will help to reduce sugar intake.
Open uri20180921 4 1ik2r8l?1537542392

Jane Ellison British politician

The soft drinks industry levy is an important step forward in the fight to halt our obesity crisis and create a Britain fit for the future. Obesity is a threat both to the health of children and to our economy, costing the NHS billions of pounds every year.
Open uri20180921 4 1nckd7r?1537541296

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.
Open uri20180921 4 clacuy?1537540647

Sarah Wollaston British general practitioner and politician

The childhood obesity strategy needs to tackle the problem from every angle, but to leave out a sugary drinks tax would miss an important opportunity to tackle the single biggest contributor of the sugar in teenagers’ diets. There is compelling evidence it would work and do so quickly.
Open uri20170831 4 1dafrgk?1504188392

Lawrence H. Summers Harvard economist and former US Treasury secretary

We have strong evidence from around the world that raising taxes on products like tobacco, sugar sweetened beverages and alcohol is highly effective at reducing harmful consumption and saving lives. I think this is about as close to free-lunch, win-win policy as economists have found
Open uri20170328 4 nzun6m?1490732530

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.

Sign up to see 30 opinions on this topic:

By clicking Sign up, you agree to our terms and privacy conditions.

or Log in


Open uri20180921 4 o6ykfq?1537548292

Tax Foundation Sound Tax Policy since 1937. Subscribe to updates here:

Our research has generally concluded that soda taxes are narrow, punitive taxes that are a budget risk not likely to solve America’s health issues. They’re a misguided attempt at solving a multifaceted health problem and will introduce many unintended fiscal consequences.
Open uri20180921 4 158yrlv?1537547631

Sam Bowman I'm a liberal. I'm interested in economics, technology and food. I used to run @ASI and I inve

A tax on sugary soft drinks is the first step on the road to fat taxes and sugar taxes more generally. It makes little sense to tax sugary drinks on their own, rather than sugar more generally – a couple of Mars bars are just as bad as a bottle of Coke – but the Chancellor probably reckons that the public won’t care if he only targets soft drinks. Once the tax is in place, he will follow the lead ... See More
Open uri20180921 4 y3frwt?1537547474

Mark Littlewood Director General of the Institute for Economic Affairs

A tax on fizzy drinks seems more likely to provoke a public backlash than many other taxes on unhealthy products. Smokers and drinkers have been become inured to high levies on their lifestyle choices. By contrast, a large bottle of pop is a standard part of an average family’s shopping and, if consumed sensibly, has no measurable health impacts. Allowing your kids a glass of cola with their lunch... See More
Open uri20180921 4 7l30rm?1537547183

Institute of Economic Affairs The Institute of Economic Affairs is the UK's original free-market think-tank, founded in 1955

Early evidence casts serious doubt on whether sugary drink taxes have ‘progressive’ health benefits either. Low-income consumers do not seem to have particularly elastic demand for sugary drinks. Even if they enjoyed disproportionate health gains from sin taxes, they would still suffer a net loss to their welfare and the tax would remain regressive in the traditional sense.
Open uri20180921 4 spaveu?1537546919

Christopher Snowdon 'The IEA's abrasive director of lifestyle economics' (Private Eye). Spectator Health. Tweeting

[People are] quite unresponsive to price hikes and do not significantly change their habits.
Open uri20180921 4 1ecjxav?1537546749

Adam Smith Institute ASI is UK’s leading neoliberal think tank. See: @EamonnButler @Sam_Dumitriu @philip_salter @Da

The sugar tax means smaller bottles, higher prices and worse tasting recipes. What did you expect would happen?!
Open uri20180921 4 fff7ed?1537546061

Tim Martin Businessman, founder and chairman of Wetherspoons.

Customers already pay a lot for soft drinks when they go out and we don't need another 'big brother' tax.
Open uri20180921 4 1xa2cdt?1537545635

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.
Open uri20180921 4 m7k1fe?1537543707

Jacob Rees-Mogg British politician

The tax system is not there to tell us how to live our lives.
Open uri20180921 4 1ghww38?1537541707

Food and Drink Federation We're Food and Drink Federation (FDF), the voice of the UK food and drink industry. See @TimRy

FDF opposes the soft drinks industry levy as we believe it is wrong in principle to single out individual nutrients or product categories for punitive treatment.

Sign up to see 30 opinions on this topic:

By clicking Sign up, you agree to our terms and privacy conditions.

or Log in

Biased? Please add more opinions