The efficacy of taxing sugary, fatty, and salty products should be reexamined, says British premiership frontrunner Boris Johnson.
Since April 2018, drinks containing 5 to 8 grammes of sugar per 100 millilitre have been taxed 18p per litre; those containing more are taxed 24p.
Johnson’s announcement proved controversial, contradicting his policies and statements as Mayor of London.
And today, Cancer Research UK has urged the government to combat the UK’s “obesity crisis.”
The charity warns obesity now causes more cases of liver, ovarian, kidney, and bowel cancer than smoking—with obese Britons outnumbering smokers two to one.
But Johnson’s camp argues “sin taxes” reflect “nanny state” politics, unfairly targeting lower-income households without addressing the real problem: people are uneducated about nutrition.
Should so-called "sin taxes" be reconsidered?