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Friday, April 27, 2018

Nanny Wants To Tax Chocolate In Order To Get Empirical Data

It appears that taxing sugary drinks is not as effective as Nanny told us.

It is now "accepted fact" that taxing chocolate and other sweet foods would be a more effective anti-obesity strategy than the new “sugar tax” on fizzy drinks.

A study by Oxford and Cambridge Universities and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, predicts that adding 10 per cent to the price of confectionery, cakes and biscuits could lead to a 7 per cent drop in purchases.

The figures are similar to those for taxing sugar-sweetened drinks, where previous research suggests a 10 per cent price rise can reduce purchases by 6 per cent to 8 per cent.

However the latest study, published in BMJ Open, found that taxing sweet snacks could have an additional knock-on effect on the sale of other foods, leading to consumers cutting their buying of soft drinks, biscuits, cakes and savoury snacks as well.

All very fine and dandy, except the authors of the study then go on to say they don't have the empirical evidence and that the best way to get that is to levy the tax!

As Co-author Professor Susan Jebb, from the University of Oxford, said per the Telegraph:
"It's impossible to study the direct effects of a tax on snack food on consumer behaviour until such policies are introduced, but these estimates show the likely impact of changes in the price."
You couldn't make this up!

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  1. Spoiling voting form at next council elections. No political party I worth supporting whilst there's the unpleasant nanny state. Curtains for any government that taxes chocolate

  2. Anonymous7:21 PM

    Taxing sugar and taxing chocolate are basically the same thing.
    Cadbury, perhaps the biggest seller of chocolate in the UK, also sell the shitiest chocolate.
    The cocoa content is a miserly 25 or 26%,and they source their beans from Ghana, preferring high yield against quality.
    Vast amounts of sugar is then added to give their chocolate any taste at all.
    Glass and a half of milk?
    Perhaps, but what size glass to what size bar of chocolate?
    If the government wants to control obesity then they should better regulate the production of the crap in the first place.

  3. NO MORE SODDING TAXES! We have far too many as it is. It is time for the Government if worried about debt, which they obviously are not, stop spending!!! Far too much government spending is wasted, sack quangos, all useless, then the MOD could do with a cull, and so on.