The Dental Association says the study shows the effects of the South African tax on sugary beverages

The New Zealand Dental Association (NZDA) says a study published in The Lancet Planetary Health strengthens the worldwide evidence for sugary beverages (SSBs) levies.

The researchers found that the 2018 South African tax on sugary drinks reduced sugar by 51%, resulting in a 52% reduction in calories and a 29% reduction in the volume of drinks purchased per person per day after the tax was introduced.

The NZDA spokesman for sugary beverages, Dr. Rob Beaglehole says this adds to a growing body of evidence from Mexico, the UK and US cities that sugary beverage levies are effective.

“We have received real evidence from a number of countries that a levy on sugary drinks has been shown to reduce the consumption of sugary drinks in the places where they were introduced.

This will now put pressure on the New Zealand government to act as the overall health benefits, including oral health, urgently need to be addressed. “

Dr. Beaglehole pointed out that New Zealand is at risk of being left behind on a major global health policy.

“While no country has yet reached the WHO recommended 20% levy on these beverages, New Zealand is falling behind by not even starting. To date, more than 50 jurisdictions around the world have used their own levies to reduce sugary beverages consumption, ”said Dr. Beaglehole.

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