How price of fizzy drinks could soar as top doctors call for a TAX on sugar


How the price of fizzy drinks could soar as top doctors call for a TAX on sugar to combat childhood obesity, diabetes and heart disease

  • Australian Medical Association wants a tax of 40 cents per 100 grams of sugar 
  • The tax would increase the cost of a 375ml can of coca cola by 16 cents 
  • 25% of children aged five to 17 and 67% of adults are overweight or obese 

The tax would increase the cost of a 500ml bottle of Rockstar: Super Sours Energy Drink with 65g of sugar by 26 cents

The tax would increase the cost of a 500ml bottle of Rockstar: Super Sours Energy Drink with 65g of sugar by 26 cents

Australia’s top doctors are calling for a sugar tax on sweetened drinks to help tackle obesity, heart disease, diabetes and strokes and save billions in health costs.

The Australian Medical Association wants a tax of 40 cents per 100 grams of sugar which would increase the price of sweetened drinks by an average of 20 per cent. 

The World Health Organisation says a 20 per cent increase is the minimum required to stop people buying them.

The tax would increase the cost of a 375ml can of coca cola with 40g of sugar by 16 cents and a 500ml can of Rockstar: Super Sours Energy Drink with 65g of sugar by 26 cents.   

The latest ABS data shows that 25 per cent of children aged five to 17 and 67 per cent of adults are overweight or obese.

The AMA estimates the tax would raise $814million a year – which could be spent on tackling obesity – and result in 16,000 fewer cases of type 2 diabetes, 4,400 fewer cases of heart disease and 1,100 fewer strokes over 25 years. 

The tax would reduce obesity by two per cent and save taxpayers up to $1.73 billion on healthcare costs, the AMA says. 

‘It could save lives, and save millions of dollars in healthcare costs,’ said AMA president Dr Omar Khorshid. 

More than 2.4 billion litres of sugary drinks are consumer every year in Australia, enough fill 960 Olympic sized swimming pools.

Dr Khorshid said they have ‘no nutritional value’ and fuel diabetes, obesity and poor vascular health which are ‘huge contributors to the burden on our health system.

‘The tax on sugary drinks sends a clear price signal to consumers that a product is unhealthy and makes it less affordable,’ he said.

‘It can also nudge manufacturers to reformulate their products to contain less sugar. 

‘The added bonus is that it will generate revenue to rekindle our nation’s preventative health agenda,’ Dr Khorshid said.

The AMA recommends the Commonwealth ultimately expands the tax to ‘incorporate other products that have little or no nutritional benefit, and/or high sugar content’. 

Several jurisdictions around the world already have a sugar tax including the UK, Mexico, France, Chile and some US cities.

The UK scheme targeted at soft drinks prompted half of drink manufactures to reduce the sugar content of their products to avoid the tax in the two years after it was announced in 2016.  

The tax would increase the cost of a 375ml can of coca cola with 40g of sugar by 16 cents

The tax would increase the cost of a 375ml can of coca cola with 40g of sugar by 16 cents

However, critics have slammed the proposal, saying it will only hike prices for poor families who consume more sugar.

‘Sugar taxes are elitist and inherently regressive,’ said Gideon Rozner, Director of Policy at free market think tank the Institute of Public Affairs.

‘What kind of mean-spirited organisation proposes to make soft drinks less affordable for working people?

‘Not content to throw us out of work and trash our liberties, the public health lobby is now angling to take away the precious few of life’s joys we have left.

‘The AMA should focus on issues pertaining to the medical profession, not telling the rest of us how to live our lives.’

The tax would increase the cost of a 600ml bottle of solo (pictured is a can of the same drink) with 69g of sugar by 28 cents

The tax would increase the cost of a 600ml bottle of solo (pictured is a can of the same drink) with 69g of sugar by 28 cents 



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