Estonian health minister seeks 10-15 pct sugar tax on sweetened beverages

  • 2016-09-08
  • BNS/TBT Staff
TALLINN - The Estonian minister of health and labour, Jevgeni Ossinovski, who hopes to impose a sugar tax on sweetened drinks, predicts that the tax rate should be at least 10 to 15 per cent to reach its desired outcome. "Food taxes and subsidies can influence consumption and higher price of sugar-sweetened drinks is associated with smaller demand," the minister noted in his proposals to the government. The central objective of the Ministry of Social Affairs is to reduce overweight and obesity in children caused by the consumption of sugar-swe...
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