Sugar tax could prevent deaths

InsideFMCG has reported the World Health Organization (WHO) said a sugar tax introduced in the Philippines could prevent 24,000 premature deaths.

The tax, which was introduced early in 2018, was specifically placed on sugary beverages.

The WHO’s research showed that the taxes could cut 6000 deaths related to diabetes, 8000 from stroke and 10,000 from heart disease over the next 20 years, InsideFMCG reported.

“The new sugar-sweetened beverage tax may help reduce obesity-related premature deaths and improve financial well-being in the Philippines,” the researchers said, and InsideFMCG reported.

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