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Sugar tax to cut obesity

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Britain launches soft drinks sugar tax to fight obesity. Reuters

GENEVA (Reuters) – An independent panel advising the World Health Organisation (WHO) stopped short of recommending taxing sugary drinks after failing to reach a consensus. The UN agency would pursue the fight against child obesity and diabetes, but activists hoped for a strong endorsement for a tax to discourage sweetened beverages. Some countries, such as Mexico, France and Britain, are already taxing sugary drinks and the WHO want governments to impose a 20 percent tax.

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