'Sin taxes' can help to curb chronic disease: How levies on soft drinks, snacks, alcohol and tobacco are more likely to change the behaviour of poorer consumers



So-called 'sin taxes' on soft drinks, alcohol and tobacco, could be a powerful tool for combating rising rates of chronic disease worldwide, researchers claim.
A global study found taxes on soft drinks, snacks, alcohol and tobacco are more likely to change the lifestyle behaviour of vulnerable poorer consumers.
At the same time, most of the tax revenues would come from higher income households.
Poorer sections of society are disproportionately affected by non-communicable diseases (NCDs) linked to lifestyle, such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes and cancer, said the authors.
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5 April 2018 in Health, Views: 42
Source: Daily Mail
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