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Sugar tax flaws – ‘Mathematical model’ based on speculation, assumption

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The main purpose for government’s introduction of a sugar tax is to reduce obesity levels. And the two have apparently been linked through a model created in 2014. But Anthea Jeffery questions this in the piece below, and asks how conclusions can be drawn on a model that has five unproven assumptions.

The debate for, and against a sugar tax also opens up the idea of a ‘nanny state’, something that some say should be avoided at all costs. While others are concerned the sugar tax is more of a smoke screen or ‘front’ to increase government revenues (for self-promoting projects) than a goal to cut down obesity levels in the country. what do you think? – Stuart Lowman

By Anthea Jeffery*

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