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Soft Drinks Industry Levy (sugar tax) comes into force

To mark the Soft Drinks Industry Levy (the sugar tax) coming into force on Friday 6 April 2018, we have published our response. Alongside the Obesity Health Alliance, we have been vocal supporters of this policy. 

Bridget Turner, our Director of Policy, Campaigns and Improvement, said: 

“Evidence shows that this levy has the potential to prevent obesity in up to 140,000 adults and children each year and, in turn, prevent nearly 19,000 cases of Type 2 diabetes. We’ve long supported this policy, and welcome it coming into force.

“However, it is important to note that many people with Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes use high sugar products to treat hypos – reformulation and price increases will both have an impact on this. People with diabetes who use sugary drinks to treat hypos should be sure to read the labels to check the sugar content.

“That said, there are clear health benefits to the whole population if we are all able to reduce the amount of free sugar in our diet. This policy will go some way to helping make this possible.”

If you have any questions, we have more information about sugar reduction and treating hypos.

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