Sugar tax: a bitter pill to swallow?

Following calls from health lobbyists, consumers of sugar-sweetened beverages are to face levies on their drinks. Producers, meanwhile, argue the tax will be futile in tackling health issues. Either way, there are technical and economic issues to be addressed in the meantime

16th October, 2016

In a widely anticipated move, the government has formally announced its intention to introduce a sugar tax in 2018, to be levied on sugar- sweetened drinks. The prospect of an Irish sugar tax was included in the current programme for government and is a response to calls on the government from multiple sources, such as health advocacy groups, to tackle Ireland’s growing obesity and diabetes problem.

While certain producers and retailers of soft drinks...

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