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Taxation of Sugary Sweetened Beverages National Treasury

In recent years, various countries have introduced taxes on food products such as sugary drinks as a
public health measure to combat obesity. Taxes have traditionally been implemented as a means of
revenue generation; however, taxes on tobacco, alcohol, and sugary drinks illustrate the utility of
taxation as a tool in health policy to reduce consumption and one that has the potential to provide tax
revenue for NCD prevention and control. Research on the health-related impacts of taxation of SSBs is
emerging and the evidence points to positive changes in consumption patterns as recently seen in
Mexico where a 6% decline in the purchase of taxed beverages was observed.

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