Sugar tax could save 1600 lives, raise $400 million, Australian research shows

 In Australia, NewZealand
A 20 per cent tax on sugar-sweetened beverages could save more than 1600 lives and raise at least $400 million a year for health initiatives, new Australian research shows.
The study, co-writtenby the Obesity Policy Coalition and the University of Queensland’s School of Public Health, is the first of its kind to model Australian population data to assess the impact of a sugary drinks tax.
In the first 25 years of a sugary drinks tax there could be 16,000 fewer cases of type 2 diabetes, 4400 fewer cases of heart disease and more than 1000 fewer cases of stroke, according to the study. Sydney Morning Herald – Read more…

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