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Introducing a Tax on Sugar Sweetened Drinks – Health Rationale, Options and Recommendations

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A Department of Health Working Paper, October 2016. The Department of Health has published an internal working paper to inform consideration of a sugar sweetened drinks levy from a health perspective. The policy objective is to reduce rates of childhood and adult obesity in Ireland by reducing the consumption of sugar sweetened drinks (SSDs) as a contributor to health and dental deterioration, particularly among young people. Evidence suggests that effective policy interventions to tackle obesity involve multi-sectoral, multi-lever approaches. International evidence shows that tax can be an effective policy lever if used as part of an integrated policy response that utilises a range of additional policy levers and interventions.

Introducing a Tax on Sugar Sweetened Drinks – Health Rationale, Options and Recommendations