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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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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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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
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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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Jamie Oliver British celebrity chef and restaurateur

We should be big and bold. Who is running the country? The businesses who are profiting from ill health or is it us
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World Health Organization The United Nations' health agency

There is reasonable and increasing evidence that appropriately designed taxes on sugarsweetened beverages would result in proportional reductions in consumption, especially if aimed at raising the retail price by 20% or more
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Government of the United Kingdom UK Government

This is independent confirmation that the soft drinks industry levy, a key part of our world-leading Childhood Obesity Plan, will be a potent tool in the fight against childhood obesity. Not only that, it will help save our children's teeth and cut rates of type 2 diabetes. Sugar-laden soft drinks are a recognised driver of childhood obesity and through our broader sugar reduction programme we're ... See More
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Oxford University Official Twitter account for the University of Oxford, one of the world's leading universities

The planned [UK] sugar tax could slash obesity among young children by 10 per cent and create health by stealth
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George Osborne British politician

I am not prepared to look back at my time here in this Parliament, doing this job and say to my children's generation 'I'm sorry. We knew there was a problem with sugary drinks. We knew it caused disease. But we ducked the difficult decisions and we did nothing'.
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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
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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.
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Anna Lappé Author, educator, sustainable food advocate

Today, the public health community understands that consuming sugar — particularly in liquid form — increases risks of serious health conditions, such as heart disease, Type 2 diabetes and nonalcoholic fatty liver disease, not to mention tooth decay. A 2010 study found that consuming just one to two sugary drinks a day increases your risk of developing diabetes by 26 percent. While sugar is every... See More
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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