Sugary drink tax as an election issue

A tax on sugar-sweetened beverages will be top of the agenda for New Zealand health experts at an annual conference next week.

Delegates to the FIZZ Symposium in Auckland on Monday [26 June] will discuss the health effects of sugary drink consumption, what can be done about it, and how a sugary drink tax could work in a New Zealand setting.

FIZZ is a group of researchers and public health doctors advocating to end the sale of sugary drinks, which they say are implicated in common preventable diseases including obesity, type 2 diabetes and dental caries.

Keynote speakers include health and education experts from Colorado where a sugary drink tax was passed in November last year.

A political panel at the close of the symposium will include representatives from the Maori and Green parties, Labour, NZ First and The Opportunities Party.

For more details on the symposium and FIZZ, visit here.

Related links:

Behind the headlines: Should sugary drinks be taxed?

Guide to low-kilojoule drinks





First published: June 2017

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