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.
February 1, 2016
Dieititians of Canada
Cafeteria/Canteen, Community-at-large, Grocery/Retail, Mobile Vending, Recreation Centre, Restaurant/Food Service Premise, School, Workplace
Prenatal, Infant, Toddler (1-3), Children (4-11), Youth (12-17), Adults (18-64), Older Adults (65 and over)
Chronic Disease Prevention, Food Additives, Nutrients, Sugar-Sweetened Beverages or Energy Drinks