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The evidence is clear: sugar taxes just don’t work

The government’s case hinges on a set of assumptions, each deeply flawed

By Madeline Grant  

The arrival of a new sugar tax on soft drinks last Friday has been welcomed by many public health bodies. But it has also prompted a flurry of criticism from free-market groups and ordinary consumers, angered at the latest government interference in their eating, drinking and spending habits.

Like any flat tax, the new sugar levy is, by its very nature, regressive. It disproportionately affects the poorest in society, who are most vulnerable to price fluctuations and spend a higher share of their…

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