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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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