Australia can no longer afford to wait for a tax on sugar-sweetened beverages
Excess free sugars are a major contributor to diet-related diseases, including obesity, type 2 diabetes and tooth decay. Sugar-sweetened beverages (SSBs) provide a significant source of free sugars while offering no other nutritional benefit, making them a reasonable target for public health action.1,2 Governments worldwide are drawing on growing evidence to implement effective pricing policies for SSBs as one cornerstone of a comprehensive policy response.
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