Sugar tax: anti-obesity measure takes effect

Drinks with high levels of sugar such as Coca-Cola will be charged an increased levy

Drinks with high levels of sugar such as Coca-Cola will be charged an increased levy

MailOnline has today broken down what the sugar tax means to consumers - calculating roughly how much prices will go up. But will ramping up the cost of high-sugar drinks put fizz in the fight against childhood obesity, or will it fall flat?

This means the cost of a 330ml can of original Coca-Cola, containing around seven teaspoons of sugar, is likely to rise by around 8p plus Value-Added Tax, according to ITV News. They cost in the region of 70p.

A can of Red Bull will now cost you 6p more.

They get a quarter of their sugar intake from soft drinks.

Fanta, Sprite and Dr Pepper are all owned by the Coca-Cola company and all had their recipes changed in 2017 - presumably in response to the sugar tax. "If companies take the right steps to make their drinks healthier they will pay less tax or even nothing at all".

And Ribena have also responded, cutting sugar by more than half from 10g to less than 4.5g.

The introduction of the sugar tax has been applauded by health campaigners.

She is urging families to skip soft drinks altogether and to consume water and lower-fat milks.

How much is the tax?

The sugar tax is a levy on soft drinks containing added sugar.

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Will it apply to all drinks?

The sugar content of Sprite was cut by a whopping 50% previous year. There are 35g of sugar in a can of Coke - the equivalent of seven teaspoons.

Tesco "has been one of the most successful", bringing 85% of its own-brand soft drinks below the 5g level, according to The Guardian.

Diabetes UK, through its key role in the Obesity Health Alliance, has been a vocal supporter of the policy.

But dentists are calling for a portion of the estimated £280 million it will generate in 2018/19 to be spent on promoting oral health.

The Soft Drinks Industry Levy dubbed "the sugar tax" will increase the price of fizzy beverages containing substantial amounts of sugar.

'As that has happened, obesity rates have continued to rise'.

It was the biggest single cause of hospital admissions for 5-to-9-year-olds, who accounted for over 42 per cent of cases, despite being largely preventable.

The spokesman added: "We all have a role to play in helping to tackle obesity and we hope our actions on sugar reduction, portion size and promotion of low and no calorie products set an example for the wider food sector".

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