Pop tax unsuccessful in other countries

Published on October 10, 2014

(Re: Sugar consumption causing major non-curative health problems, Page 6, Oct. 1, 2014, Truro Daily News)

A recent column by Dr. Tom Warshawski says we need a tax on pop and he has the facts on his side to prove it.  

But facts are exactly what the good doctor ignored.

He doesn’t mention Denmark was the first country to try a pop tax. But after it became clear that people were still drinking the same amount of pop, just buying it across the border in Germany, the country ended its pop tax experiment. The pop tax was abandoned shortly after Denmark declared their tax on fatty foods a failure as well.

He didn’t mention that over the past 15 years, soda consumption in Canada has been on the decline. Yet, obesity rates have not followed suit

Canadians should be wary of nanny-state health advocates claiming higher taxes on soda will solve complex health issues. The facts speak otherwise.

Kevin Lacey

Canadian Taxpayers Federation