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Taxation and Sugar-Sweetened Beverages

In this position papter, Dietitians of Canada recommends that an excise tax of at least 10-20% be applied to sugar-sweetened beverages sold in Canada given the negative impact of these products on the health of the population and the viability of taxation as a means to reduce consumption. For the greatest impact, Dietititans of Canada recommends that taxation measures should be combined with other policy interventions such as increasing access to healthy foods while decreasing access to unhealthy foods in schools, daycares, and recreation facilities; restrictions on the marketing of foods and beverages to children; and effective, longterm educational initiatives.

Resource Information

Date

February 1, 2016

Author

Dieititians of Canada

Type

Evidence Summary

Setting

Cafeteria/Canteen, Community-at-large, Grocery/Retail, Mobile Vending, Recreation Centre, Restaurant/Food Service Premise, School, Workplace

Age

Prenatal, Infant, Toddler (1-3), Children (4-11), Youth (12-17), Adults (18-64), Older Adults (65 and over)

Topic

Chronic Disease Prevention, Food Additives, Nutrients, Sugar-Sweetened Beverages or Energy Drinks

Language

English

Jurisdiction

National

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