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Rachel Cooke agrees: Soda taxes

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 about seven in a 330ml can of regular Coke). For one thing, it’s a tax that has indisputably worked so far, the compositions of Irn-Bru, Ribena and Lucozade having all been adjusted before its introduction earlier this month, the better that they would fall under its threshold (18p a litre for drinks containing between 5g and 8g of sugar per 100ml, and 24p for those with 8g or more).


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