OTTAWA, ON -- In the midst of continued debate in Canada about the imposition of fat and sugar taxes, the Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF) released a new study, Sweet Nothing: Real-World Evidence of Food and Drink Taxes and their Effect on Obesity which analyses the track record of food and drink taxes around the world.
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“While theoretically appealing to many public health activists, food and drink taxes simply don’t work as advertised,” said journalist and study author Peter Shawn Taylor. “Evidence from the real world shows taxes on fat or sugar don’t reduce obesity and don’t make people healthier – they do, however, disproportionately harm the poor, fill government coffers and cause substantial unintended negative consequences.”
Among the study’s key findings:
“Public health is an important concern, but the experience of numerous jurisdictions shows fat and sugar taxes aren’t achieving what their proponents claimed they would,” said CTF Federal Director Aaron Wudrick. “Governments may enjoy the additional revenue they generate, but if a tax designed to reduce obesity doesn’t reduce obesity, it’s hard to see how it’s anything but a shameless tax grab.”
To read a copy of the CTF’s report Sweet Nothing: Real-World Evidence of Food and Drink Taxes and their Effect on Obesity, please click HERE.
SOURCE Aaron Wudrick, Canadian Taxpayers Federation
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